Presidency inaugurates anti-corruption unit, warns officials

The State House, Abuja, has vowed to deal with anyone who betrays the trust and confidence reposed in him/her in the course of assignment.

Permanent Secretary, State House, Tijjani Umar, gave the warning at the inauguration of the State House Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit, on Thursday.

The unit was instituted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

Umar promised that the management of the presidency will lead by example.

He said the members were chosen based on their integrity and overall effort in their service delivery.

They are to assist by way of continuous advocacy, reporting and where necessary, enforcement and sanction.

“Government activities are governed by rules and at entry point, every one of us around this table was given basic training.

“That includes understanding the Public Service Rules, as well as the Financial Regulations”, he said.

Umar added that all officials are expected to apply the rules and be guided by them in all transactions.

Abbia Udofia, ICPC Director of System Studies, recalled that the creation of ACTUs in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) was initiated by the ICPC and Office of Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) in 2001.

The ACTU members include Gaji Usman, Chairman in Administration Department; Hadiza Haruna-Tanko, Finance and Account; Ubi Sunday, Procurement; and Ayoola Olurin, State House Clinic.

Others are Omezi Onyema, Finance and Account, Hadiza Musa, Office of the Vice President and Usman Mohammed, Maintenance.

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