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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, in its 2021 Ethics and Integrity Compliance Card, EICS, indicates the Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE, emerged the second highest ranking agency with a score of 89.6% out of 360 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government
A recent release by the anti-graft agency, showed the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC, came first with 89.8% in the rating.
The EICS rating which commenced in 2019 is deployed by the ICPC annually in all Federal Ministries, Department and Agencies, MDAs, to assess their compliance with extant ethical, integrity, statutory, policy and regulatory standards and practices which is in consonance with its preventive mandate as provided in section 6 (b)-(d) of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences act 2000 and as well, reinforce the drive to strengthen probity, accountability and transparency in public service and entities.
According to a statement by BPE’s Head, Public Relations, Chidi Ibeh the aim of the EICS deployment in MDAs is to diminish corruption risks, system abuse, revive ethics and integrity benchmark with the view of revitalizing service delivery.
It said the tool was deployed between May and August 2021 in 360 MDAs which 301 MDAs responded to the assessment and 59 MDAs declined.
The statement revealed participants were rated according to their levels and degrees of compliance while MDAs that did not respond were classified as “High Corruption Risk Agencies” (HCRAs) and are envisaged for further inquiries and actions by the Commission.
The deployment of the Scorecard according to the statement is vital to building good ethical structures in all institutions in the country while organizations are encouraged to replicate the tool in their workplace and adopt ethics and integrity compliance practices into their systems to diminish corruption while also inculcating the values and principles of the National Ethics and Integrity Policy (NEIP).
The statement also reminded that in 2019, SERVICOM Corporate Office had awarded a four star ranking on BPE as a reform agency following SERVICOM’s Functionality Evaluation conducted in November that year.