As part of efforts to check corruption and enhance the process, the Management of the Niger Delta Development Commission has organized a sensitization/enlightenment campaign against corruption for staff of the Commission.
The campaign with the theme “Strengthening the culture of Institutional Integrity, transparency and accountability” was staged in collaboration with ICPC and EFFC.
Speaking during the event in Port Harcourt, Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission, Dr. Christian Oboh assured that his administration will not relent in the pursuit of a corruption free Commission.
“I can tell you that public perception of NDDC will begin to change, instead of EFCC and ICPC to look for us, we looked for them to come and re-evaluate us”. The NDDC Boss declared.
He said the Commission was mindful of the enormous task ahead and was willing to learn from the two anti corruption agencies on how to apply best practices to achieve transparency and accountability in service delivery.
To nib corruption in the bud, the new NDDC Management, Dr. Oboh said, has introduced measures to improve on what it met on ground. “Our proforma process is now open to the public, recruitment exam is on line, while e-payment has been introduced in the issuance of IPC to Contractors.”
The Managing Director appealed to stakeholders to join hands with the Commission in delivering its mandate to the people rather than engaging in intimidation and blackmail.
“Our books are open, the law allows people to ask questions on what we are doing, and we should not develop the Niger Delta on the pages of Newspaper” Oboh advised.
In a keynote address, Acting Chairman of ICPC, Barrister Ekpo Nta pointed out that the culture of Institutional Integrity, Transparency and Accountability in any organization begins with the individual.
“The culture of responsibility must begin from the leadership, the top must be in a position to give direction; not only by talking integrity, but showcasing transparency and accountability” he stressed.
While promising to assist the Commission in its anti corruption drive, the ICPC Boss stressed the need for the NDDC to strengthen and empower its Anti Corruption Unit for more effective result.
On his part, representative of the EFCC Chairman Dr. David Tukura reminding the staff that NDDC remains one organization where Nigeria must get things right, because as he puts it “the hopes of many lie within the Commission”.