FG warns civil servants to shun corrupt practices

The Federal Government has warned civil servants to shun corrupt practices and other related offences in their workplace, in line with its anti-corruption mantra.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mrs Ibukun Odusote, gave this warning in Abuja as she flagged off a sensitisation and awareness workshop on Transparency and Anti-Corruption Practices organised for junior officers of the ministry.

Represented by the Director, Human Resources Management, Ajibola Ibrahim, the Permanent Secretary said the workshop would educate the participants on the proper understanding of corruption, as well as their roles, individually and collectively, in curbing the menace.

She explained that corruption was not limited to financial crimes alone, but included “the little things you do, or neglect to do in the conduct of your daily schedule of duties like movement of files, handling mails and other official documents, among others”.

In a welcome address, the Director, Special Duties/Projects, Dr M. Nwordu, said the workshop was organised to arm the junior officers with adequate information to guide their official engagements to be in line with the principles and practices of transparency devoid of corruption.

She expected the workshop to usher in a significant improvement in service delivery by the officers, which would consequently aid the war against corruption, as instituted by the government.

In his presentation entitled, ‘The Integrity Imperative in the Workplace’, the resource person from the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, Mr Ahmed Abdul,discussed corruption in the workplace – the definition, forms, causes and consequences.

He also stated the importance of integrity in the workplace and its positive impact on any organisation.

Abdul then enjoined the management of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to not only provide punitive measures for corrupt practices, but to also reward officers for outstanding performance as a motivation.
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