The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has scored the Ministries of Finance, Education, Power, and Education low in its latest ethics and transparency index report released on Monday.
The assessment report by the ICPC is part of its mandate where it deploys the Ethics and Integrity Compliance Scorecard (EICS) in federal government’s ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) to assess their compliance with extant ethical, integrity, statutory, and policy and regulatory standards and practices.
The assessment, according to the ICPC, is part of the Commission’s preventive mandate as provided in Section 6(b)-(d) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000. It said it would also reinforce the drive to strengthen probity, accountability, and transparency in public service and entities.
“The goal of the EICS deployment in MDAs is to diminish corruption risks, and system abuse and revive ethics and integrity benchmarks in government offices while ensuring good service delivery. The tool was deployed between April and July 2022 in 360 MDAs with a special focus on the education sector in consonance with the 4th National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector themed ‘Reducing Corruption in the Education Sector’”.
The index showed that 260 MDAs responded and were rated according to the degree of compliance with the scoring criteria.