The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), is wading into infractions by Power Distribution Companies, DisCos and has vowed to battle corruption within the sector arising from issues like estimated billings and illegal selling of meters.
The ICPC Chairman, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, dropped the indication on Sunday, August 29, at a consultation meeting of business membership organisations and electricity regulatory bodies organised by the Association of Public Policy Analysis (APPA-Nigeria), in Abuja.
Owasanoye noted that the incessant complaints about high billings of electricity tariffs; by power regulators were becoming rife as he called on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs); Community-Based Organizations (CBOs); and electricity regulatory bodies to join hands in the prevention of electricity-related corruption in Nigeria.
The Chairman said that the Commission articulated the National Ethics and Integrity Policy which is geared towards instilling lost values as a norm in the lives of citizens in the country.
According to him, the seven core values of the Policy include Human Dignity; Voice and Participation; Patriotism; Personal Responsibility; Integrity; National Unity; and also Professionalism.
He added that the Commission was working to ensure accountability across the public and private sectors through the implementation of these core values, explaining that it would enable people working in the sectors to shun all forms of corruption.
Owasanoye further stated that the Commission was empowered by its enabling law to carry out system studies and reviews in government agencies and departments to mitigate the occurrence of corrupt activities in such organizations.
According to him, the ICPC was working to ensure accountability across the public and private sectors; through the implementation of these core values; explaining that it would enable people working in the sectors to shun corruption.
He noted that the Commission was empowered by the law to do system studies; as well as reviews in government agencies and departments to mitigate the occurrence of corrupt activities in such organizations.