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ICPC Commits To Enhanced Anti-Corruption Measures With Technology, Strategic Partnerships

ByHybrid News

May 1, 2024

At a media briefing held at the Marriot Hotel in Ikeja GRA, Lagos, Dr. Musa Adamu Aliyu, the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), outlined the commission’s strategic plan and recent advancements in combating corruption across Nigeria. The event highlighted the ICPC’s dual role as both a law enforcement body and a transformative agent aiming to foster an open, ethical, and accountable government.

Dr. Aliyu, who has led the ICPC since December 2023, detailed the commission’s focus on integrating technological tools to enhance transparency and accountability in government operations. A significant step in this direction was the recent collaboration with the Minister of Communication, Innovation, and Digital Economy to explore the use of digital public infrastructure in anti-corruption efforts.

One of the flagship initiatives, the Constituency and Executive Projects Tracking Initiative (CEPTI), was specifically highlighted for its role in ensuring the proper use of government funds. The initiative, active since 2019, monitors and audits government projects to prevent and identify mismanagement or corruption. Dr. Aliyu reported that the initiative has reviewed projects across 26 states and the Federal Capital Territory, involving various sectors such as health, agriculture, and education.

The briefing also shed light on the Phase 6 tracking exercise of the CEPTI, which commenced in November 2023. Preliminary findings from this phase have revealed issues with underperformance, poor execution, and the mismanagement of projects, including instances where empowerment projects intended for community benefit were hoarded or improperly distributed.

In addition to domestic efforts, the ICPC has made significant strides in the maritime sector. A recent corruption risk assessment at major Nigerian ports led to the development of standardized operating procedures and the establishment of the Port Service Support Portal (PSSP) and Nigerian Port Process Manual (NPPM) to aid in transparency. These measures have notably improved operations and facilitated the arrest and prosecution of individuals involved in corrupt activities.

Dr. Aliyu emphasized the need for continued support from all sectors, including the media, to sustain and build upon these anti-corruption efforts. He reassured the public of the ICPC’s commitment to the rule of law and best international practices in its operations.

The briefing concluded with a call to action for all Nigerians to participate actively in the fight against corruption, highlighting the role of public education and community involvement in achieving a corruption-free Nigeria.

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