Corruption and Underdevelopment

ICPC tasks NGOs to join fight against social vices

By Paul Michael

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has called on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to collaborate with statutory agencies in the fight against social vices and to promote national ethics and integrity in the country.

The Chairman of ICPC, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, who was represented by a board member of the Commission, Dr Louis Solomon Mandama, made the call when members of a Non-Governmental Organization, the Campaign Against all Tools that Trigger Anti-Social Vices, visited the Commission.

This was disclosed in a statement by the ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua on Tuesday, stating that the chairman of the Commission said NGOs has the responsibility to collaborate with relevant agencies to tackle political hooligans, cultism, drug abuse amongst others.

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Ogugua said, “Owasanoye noted that it was the responsibility of NGOs to collaborate with statutory agencies to ensure that social vices such as examination malpractices, political hooligans, cultism, drug abuse, targeted assassinations, abductions, terrorism and cyber-crimes were eradicated in the society.

“The ICPC boss emphasized that the state of insecurity and other social vices were critical, maintaining that only when citizens align themselves with positive attitudinal change with the view of promoting our national values that we would experience a better society.

He further highlighted the tripartite mandate of ICPC namely Enforcement, Prevention and Public mobilisation, adding that the Commission in its preventive approach had initiated the tracking of constituency and executive projects, National Ethics and Integrity Policy as well as the clamping down on Illicit Financial Flows.”

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