ICPC advocates transparency in financial personnel governance system

ICPC Boss, Ekpo Nta

The effort of the Federal Government in ensuring Transparency and Accountability in governance was boasted yesterday following the validation meeting of the report of corruption risk assessment of Nigeria E-government system initiated by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

Speaking yesterday in Abuja, the Chairman of the ICPC Barrister. Ekpo Nta, pointed out that the commission relied on section 6 (b-d) of its enabling laws to recently conduct a corruption risk assessment (CRA) of Nigeria’s electronic financial and personnel governance system, including Treasury Single Account (TSA), Government Integrated
Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) and Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

Nta, explained that the CRA is a prevention tool that would examine corruption vulnerability in systems, procedures and programmes of government institution, adding that the commission would ensure effective execution of Federal Government financial management and to block any identified loopholes, leakages and strengthen the accountability mechanisms.

“conduct of the e-government CRA commenced since February, 2017 and ended in April, 2017 and total of 26 corruption risk assessors drawn from ICPC itself and five collaborating MDAs such as Public Compliant Commission, Code of Conduct Bureau, Bureau of Public Procurement, Office of the Auditor General of the Federation and Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, were deployed for the exercise, adding that the assessors visited over 35 relevant organizations across 10 states of the federation and the FCT to gather information”.

“After this meeting, the CRA reports would be finalized and the integrity plan would be put in place for implementation by all concerns, with a view to ensure that the efficiency of the nation’s public expenditure and the e-governance system are enhanced and made
vulnerable to risks of corrupt tendencies.

In her remarks the spokesperson to the ICPC, Mrs. R.A Okoduwa, disclosed that the commission had life cases in court in respect to those who had manipulated their privileges by exploiting their knowledge of working with the platform, adding that consultants from the private sectors inputted ghost workers and strange names into the
payment system.

“We also discovered that there is a low over racking policy and legal framework, and there is need for legislative framework because when policies of government are rolled out there is need to give them solid foundation, back born and anchorage”.

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