In a move aimed at creating awareness among staff and management of the Nigeria’s National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI) against corruption and its effects in the work place, the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) of the board in collaboration with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) held a one-day sensitization workshop for NBTI family .
Speaking at a one day sensitisationsensitization workshop in Abuja, the Director-General of NBTI, Prof. Gambo Laraba Abdullah, urged ICPC to do more in bringing corrupt government officials to book in order to discourage youths from the act.
The workshop was attended by staff and management of the Nigeria’s National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI). The aim of the workshop was to creating awareness and mobilization against corruption and its effects in the work place.
The workshop was organized by the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU), in collaboration with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
According to Prof. Laraba, for the international community to believe that Nigeria is fighting corruption, the commission and other agencies needed to intensify their fights against corruption,. She added there is a perception that the fight against corruption is not being taken seriously adding that many believed that the fight against corruption is not being fought seriously “as many corrupt individuals still work the streets freely.”
She noted lamentedthat the widespread perception among foreigners was that every Nigerian is corrupt, lamenting that the images of Nigerians have been battered within and outside the country.
She said: “We would urge the ICPC to do more in prosecuting corrupt officials in order to discourage Nigerians, especially youths from the act. It is unfortunate that almost every Nigerian is seen as corrupt in the eye of international community. This, we have to change and we can only change by prosecuting those already found guilty of corruption and by changing our attitude. The media, too, has to report the country positively in order to change the perception others have about us.”