- Trains Risk Assessors
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related offences Commission (ICPC) is taking the fight against graft to a new level having resolved to henceforth lay emphasis on prevention of the vices of corruption as a means of fast-tracking attainment of results.
The Commission observed that preventing the acts of corruption in government establishments would prove more effective in the anti-corruption war than running after culprits which had been the practice in Nigeria over the years, just as the problem of corruption continues to fester.
Against this background, the ICPC is embarking on a process of Corruption Risk Assessment which involves training of one hundred Corruption Risk Assessors whose task after training would be to study the areas that are vulnerable to corruption within the government’s establishments and develop a good model meant to plug the loopholes being exploited for corrupt practices.
The training of Corruption Risk Assessors (CRS) which commenced in Abuja on Thursday was conducted by the ICPC in a synergy with the UNDP Virtual School Geneva, whereas, the trainees were drawn from Federal Ministries of Education, Health, Water Resources, the Media and the Civil Society groups.
The Acting Chairman of ICPC, Barrister Ekpo Nta who read a key note address during the opening ceremony of the training said the new design for fighting corruption commenced in November 2011 with a team of international and local consultants who he said developed the tools and methodologies for assessing corruption risks in the public sector organisations.
“The CRA Methodology identified the need for a pool of Corruption Risk Assessors as a pre-requisite for the conduct of the assessment in the MDAs for which a curriculum and modules for the training were developed. The plan is to train 100 assessors in the first instance for duration of 8 weeks comprising on-line and face-to-face sessions.
We must as a nation chart and sustain a new momentum and synergy to free ourselves from the shackles of corruption. The ICPC and sister law enforcement agencies must resist the temptation of being drawn into unnecessary rivalry or working at cross purposes.
We must remain firmly committed to our respective mandates, improve on our performance ratings, and overcome challenges with the common goal and determination of making Nigeria a country we all can be proud of”, Ekpo Nta said.
The acting Chairman also expressed appreciation for what he described as a symbiotic support offered by the UNDP on the initiative, expressing confidence in the organisation to offer good lessons to the anti-corruption assessors.