The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Offenses Commission has revealed that the reason it held 43 meetings with royalty, religious leaders and youth groups was to introduce seven values policies on citizens as part of the commission’s vision to fight corruption in the country.
A member of the board of the anti-graft agency, Mrs. Olubukola Balogun, disclosed this at the ongoing Nigeria Summit at the Abuja Transcorp Hilton.
He said, “in addition to other areas to reduce corruption, such as the use of law and order. The regime of Major General Muhammadu Buhari, through the ICPC, is inculcating seven core values, namely, human dignity, voice and participation, patriotism, personal responsibility , integrity, national unity and professionalism.
“We have held about 43 meetings and met with traditional authorities, religious leaders and youth groups. We also have organizations in secondary schools.
Balogun stated that although there are punishments and systems in place to hold people accountable, society is the driving force behind all the actions and inactions of individuals.
“Everything must be promoted by society. It is society that will make both work.
“So we want to work in society and that’s why we now have development partners, and the government has adopted a National Ethics and Integrity Policy from September 2020.” He said
He also stated that the ICPC has taken the seven main values included in the National Ethics and Integrity Policy to different parts of the country, especially among children and students.
“That’s what we claim, that we all go back to the drawing board and get our values right in society.
“All unethical behavior must be abandoned, for our own good, so that we can have shared prosperity and get it right. And ICPC is doing so much in this regard.’
Dr. Osasuyi Dirisu, NESG Deputy Director and Center for Policy Innovation, said his group was implementing a three-year program funded by the MacArthur Foundation to leverage liberal science lessons to put those behavioral science lessons to work. On improving accountability and transparency in Nigeria.
He said: “The event that we are here today is part of that effort to maintain that ongoing dialogue to improve accountability and transparency in the different sectors of the country.
“What we have done here is unique, because we have brought together the public and private sectors to understand what the problem is and what the solutions are, and how to use the lessons we know from behavioral science to improve accountability and transparency. Nigeria and corruption.”