Members of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) of National Directorate of Employment (NDE) have been admonished to always uphold and exhibit high ethical standards in the discharge of their duties because they play a vital role in the process of employment in Nigeria.
This admonition was given by the Oyo State Resident Anti-Corruption Commission (RACC) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Mr. Dennis Idoko recently during a sensitization programme for ACTU members of the Oyo Office of the NDE in Ibadan.
The RACC, who was represented by Mr. Kunlere Andrew noted that as stakeholders in the important task of creating employment opportunities by the means of appropriate training for enhancing employability, staff of NDE must always strive to uphold high ethical standard so as to sustain the confidence reposed in the system.
Mr. Andrew while presenting a paper titled ‘’Corruption in the workplace, Nature, Forms, Causes and Effects,’’ stated that corruption is a cankerworm which affects the nation as a whole.
The devastating effect of corruption goes beyond the resources stolen to high levels of unemployment, ethnic violence and religious hostilities, as well as the image of the country being tarnished among the comity of nations.
He added that the presence of the ACTU in public offices has made workers in government offices to be aware that corruption can be easily uncovered thereby making them adhere to rules and regulations in their places of work.
The Director General of NDE, Mallam Abubakar Fikpo, who was represented by the Zonal Director Mr. Awosanya Adebanjo said the establishment of ACTU in the Directorate was a confirmation of the belief and commitment of the office to the desire of the Federal Government in eradicating corrupt practices in government business.
He urged the ACTU members to assist and advise the Directorate to ensure there is probity and accountability in the implementation of NDE programmes.