ICPC Inaugurates New ACTU Committee

The Anti-Corruption and Transparency Monitoring Unit (ACTU) Committee reconstituted by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Owunari Georgewill was on Thursday, November 17, 2022, inaugurated at the Emerald Energy Institute. The inauguration and induction ceremony followed an administration of oath on the ACTU committee members by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC). The ICPC team was led by Resident Anti- Corruption Commissioner for Rivers/Bayelsa States, Mrs Ekere Usiere.

In his remarks, Professor Georgewill, who lauded the ICPC for its efforts towards fighting corruption in Nigeria, observed that in addition to the commitment of members of the committee, fighting corruption successfully will require availability of funds. He stressed the need for the provision of funds to enable the ACTU Committee succeed in their fight against corruption in the University.

In his goodwill message, the ICPC Chairman, Professor Bolaji Owasonye, who commended the management and staff of the University for making the Induction ceremony a reality, noted that “The crucial role being played by this University in administering educational services as well as moulding the characters of our youth, the leaders of tomorro wishighly commendable.”

Speaking through Mrs. Usiere, the Chairman pointed out that “the duties of ACTU are to undertake periodic sensitisation of staff, systems study and review of corruption-prone processes and procedures, develop a code of ethics or conduct, including
corruption prevention guidelines for staff, and ensure compliance with same; monitor budget implementation, and as well conduct preliminary investigations of complaints or reports, amongst others.”

Urging staff of the university to take the inauguration of the unit as a turning point and impetus for doing the right thing which would move the institution forward, the ICPC boss implored the Committee members not to victimise anybody, but should rather work with management and staff to entrench the culture of discipline and accountability in UniPort.
In his acceptance speech, Chairman of ACTU committee, Professor Samuel Arokoyu, promised to work as a team and with determination to entrench the culture of transparency, integrity, and fighting corruption in line with the rules of engagement. Mr Orukotan Kwamina is to serve as Secretary, while Mr Nengiaomie Opi is UniPort Representative to ICPC/Head of Administration.

Other members of the committee include Professors Ijeoma Kalu and Elsie Hamadina of Faculties of Social Sciences and Agriculture respectively. Dr Chibuike Ugo (Internal Audit), Dr Akoko Sokeiprim , (Pharmacology), Dr Eme Uyanga (OB Lulu-Briggs Health Centre), Dr Nengi Isagua (Bursary Unit), Peace Stowe (Legal Unit), Mr Ojadi Ikechukwu (Procurement Unit) and Mr Noble Maclin (Internal Audit Unit) are also members.

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