ICPC prunes ethical codes of professioanl bodies to eliminate corruption
In its quest to prevent corrupt practices both in the public and private sectors, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), has been making infusions and pruning ethical codes and codes of professional practices of Professional Associations (PA) and Business Management Organisations (BMO) in the country.
This move, such as was achieved by its systems review study of various sectors of the economy, is aimed at blocking corrupt prone processes within the private sector and the professional bodies, who are the main service providing sector in the country.
ICPC chairman, Ekpo Nta, made this disclosure at the weekend in Abuja, while hosting professions and groups from 12 professional associations to a meeting. The meeting was to provide core education to the participants on some of the ethical issues that may have been promoting corruption.
Bodies which were hosted at the event include, Town Planners Registration Council of Nigeria (OPREC), Nigeria Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON), Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria (ESVARBON), Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria (ICEN), Nigerian Publisher Association (NPAN), Institute of Fraud Examiners of Nigeria (IFE), and Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).
According to Nta, the event “centres on a mutual validation and adoption of infusions made on your codes of professional practice by the ICPC. The aim is to reduce, if not totally eliminate corruption prone conducts in your organisations. The partnership initiative couldn’t have been successful without your cooperation”.
The ICPC chairman explained further that such reviews carried out on institutions, such as the university system have been highly successful with about 21 illegal degrees awarding institutions shut down.
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