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NCC tops agencies in MoCDE on integrity test - ITREALMS

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The latest Ethics Compliance and Integrity Scorecard (ECIS) 2020 by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has ranked the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) above other departments and agencies with the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (MoCDE), reports 
ITREALMS.

The apex telecom regulator, ICPC said topped the list among three other agencies under the Ministry, which featured in the infra-ministerial agencies’ ranking in ethics compliance and institutional integrity with 81.15 per cent.

The trio includes the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) which scored 74.05 percent; Nigeria Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) with a score of 31.9 per cent while the National Information Technology development Agency (NITDA) came last with 17.65 per cent in that order of second, third and fourth.

The NCC also leads 24 regulatory agencies to emerge most ethically-compliant parastatal among 25 other regulatory agencies assessed in the anti-graft agency’s Ethics Compliance and Integrity Scorecards (ECIS), 2020.

ICPC’s report, equally measured how Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government comply with ethical, integrity, statutory, regulatory and policy standards and requirements, the NCC came first with a score of 81.15 percent in this category.

The ECIS report also indicated that between July and September 2020 the survey was conducted in 352 MDAs to assess the ethical culture and high standards of integrity, which core of its operations and regulatory activities of the Commission.

"As the internal anti-corruption and transparency mechanism put in place within the Commission to improve the integrity of internal processes for better service delivery, the ACTU has been instrumental to the implementation of ICPC’s framework for promoting an ethical environment.

"The ranking by ICPC, in addition to demonstrating NCC’s commitment to the orderly growth and development of the Nigerian telecommunications industry, underscores the Commission’s strategic role as a key enabler of positive change within Nigeria’s socio-economic landscape.

"The telecoms regulator is conscious of President Muhammadu Buhari’s s vision on Anti-Corruption and is committed to continue to support the Federal Government’s digital economy agenda to rapidly advance the socioeconomic development of Nigeria, through leveraging Information and Communications Technologies to drive performance across all the critical sectors of the Nigerian economy through its fair, firm, forthright and transparent regulatory approach.

ICPC, ITREALMS gathered, had deployed the Ethics Compliance and Integrity Scorecard in line with its proactive and preventive mandate under the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 to reinforce its drive to strengthen integrity, accountability and transparency in the public service.

"The ECIS, is deployed annually in selected government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to measure how MDAs comply with ethical, integrity, statutory, regulatory and policy standards and requirements.

Just as the goal is to diminish corruption risk, improve ethics and integrity benchmarks and improve service delivery in line with its mandate.

Correspondent with additional reports from ITPulse/Editor

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