Ekpo Nta, chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), who made this known at a Board Meeting of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) in Austria, called on Nigerians in the diaspora to collaborate with ICPC in the fight against corruption.
Given the Government’s zero-tolerance for corruption this was the best time to complement the Federal Government’s job creation effort by investing in cottage industries, especially in their home communities.
“Such industries, he opined should be targeted at manufacturing hitherto imported items for the huge local market and refining local products for export.
“ICPC would continue to treat all petitions from NIDO members expeditiously through continuous investigation, prosecution and conduct of Corruption Risk Assessments in relation to any person or public institution that creates corruption bottlenecks for their investments, especially in the areas of property acquisition and business partnerships”, he said.
Nta who was a Special Guest of Honour during their Extraordinary Annual General Meeting at the official flagging off of Nigerians In Diaspora (NIDO) Germany Anti-corruption Campaign for Nigerians in Germany, said that ICPC’s mandate was to promote strong public institutions
“Even if we successfully prosecute and jail every looter, ghost worker and other economic saboteur, there is every risk that those caught will only be replaced by persons who are just as bad, or worse – unless we radically strengthen our systems and institutions”, he added.
NIDO Chapter Presidents from other European countries who were in attendance called on the ICPC to enter into similar partnerships with them.
Thereafter the ICPC chairman inducted all participants as members of the National Anti-corruption Volunteers Corps (NAVC) of ICPC and decorated them with special arm bands.