Written by Godfrey AKON

Shun corruption, ministry enjoins staff

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Officials of the Federal Ministry of Education have been challenged to shun acts of corruption inimical to the dream of the present administration to have a refocused, integrity-driven civil service.

Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Arc. Sonny Echono, gave the charge in Abuja at a workshop on “Understanding Emerging Trends in Corruption at the Workplace.”

Echono stressed the need for civil servants to have a change of attitude in the discharge of their duties if the anti-corruption fight of the present administration is to have any positive impact.

A statement by the Deputy Director of Press, Mr Ben Goong, said the Perm Sec bemoaned the culture of lateness to work, absence from work without permission, fraud, closing before time and other acts of misconduct by civil servants.

While describing corruption as detrimental to the development drive of the present administration, he called on civil servants to see the growth of the country as ‘a personal project’ and desist from inimical acts.

He further enjoined participants to take the information shared seriously as the workshop was intended at identifying institutional vulnerabilities and corruption triggers that frustrate service effectiveness and efficiency.

Represented by the Director, Legal Department of the Ministry, Mrs. Grace Ekanem, the Perm Sec also charged the staff not to engage in corrupt practices as they serve as stumbling blocks to the dream of the present administration of having a ‘re-engineered, re-invigorated, refocused and integrity - driven civil service’.

Also speaking, the Acting Director, Reform Coordination and Service Improvement Department, Mr. Ogunkunle Adesoji, said as strategic drivers in national development, staff of the Ministry were expected to raise the template of excellent service delivery, transparency and integrity.

Adesoji said an understanding of the different manifestations of corruption in the workplace was vital in order for management to effectively fight it through the evolvement and implementation of the right policies and measures.

 

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