7 ,July 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
Ministry of Mines and Steel Development in collaboration with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, has inaugurated the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) of the ministry.
At the Inauguration, the Permanent Secretary, Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade urged them to rededicate themselves to duty by living above board at all times.
Represented by the Director of Artisanal Small Scale Mining (ASM), Patrick Ojeka, Dr. Akinlade said the occasion symbolized the collective resolve in the ministry to sustain and nurture the service-wide institutional framework designed for preventing corruption and promotion of transparency and accountability.
“What we are celebrating in this ministry today is the dawn of a new era, having successfully midwifed a brand new ACTU team following the expiration of the three-year tenure of the outgoing team in March 2021.” She stated.
The permanent secretary said the development was particularly significant to the ministry, given the current high expectations of the country from the mines and steel sector as a major pillar and driver of the economic diversification agenda.
In his speech, the ICPC Chairman, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, explained that the ministry was charged with the mandate of supervising the growth and development of the nation’s minerals for effective utilisation and revenue generation for national growth.
He therefore urged the staff to understand their responsibilities and live above board to propel the ministry to greater heights
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Acting Director, Special Duties, Yisau Adepoju, described the event as an important occasion because the war against corruption constitutes one of the three cardinal pillars of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
He said the occasion practically demonstrated the ministry’s identification with the virtues of transparency, accountability and judicious application of public resources, which is necessary for success in the conduct of government businesses.
The head of the team, Mr Christopher Warije, while speaking on behalf of others, said he was humbled by the mandate given to them in the fight against corruption in the ministry.
The Committee was jointly inaugurated by the Permanent Secretary, Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade, and the ICPC chairman, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye.