The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has inaugurated members of the NYSC anti-corruption and transparency unit (ACTU).
This is part of efforts of the scheme at ensuring that all departments and units of the organisation play significant roles in the anti-corruption drive.
The director-general, NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, noted that it has become necessary for all hands to be on deck in the fight against the scourge of corruption. “It is not a war that should be left only in the hands of the statutory bodies set up by government to fight. The conceptualization of ACTU as a unit in every government organization by the ICPC is therefore a laudable step at involving other stakeholders in this onerous task.”
Ibrahim urged members of the reconstituted NYSC ACTU to discharge their duties with fairness, while maintaining the standards laid down by the commission.
Speaking at the inauguration yesterday at the NYSC headquarters in Abuja, the Chairman, ICPC, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, who was represented by the Deputy Director/Assistant Commissioner, ICPC, Olayinka Aiyegbayo, stated that, over the years, ICPC has partnered with NYSC and the Ministry of Education in sanitizing the education sector and eradicating the existence of fake corps members, who, if absorbed into public service, will not only undermine the objective of the corps, but may destroy the education system in Nigeria.
He said, “The ACTU is not meant to challenge the authority of management or to displace existing operations in the corps, rather is it to complement them especially in the areas of instilling discipline and integrity where it may be lacking.”