CIVIL SERVANTS MUST MAINTAIN PUBLIC TRUST- NTI, ACTU CHAIRMAN
Comrade Adamu Musa , NTI-ACTU Ag. Chairman
Comrade Adamu Musa, the NTI-Anti Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) Acting Chairman, has said that Civil Servants and public officials must maintain and strengthen public trust and confidence at various levels of governance they are serving.
Musa made the disclosure in a recent interview with The Bulletin on: ‘‘Monitoring Compliance with Ethical Standards and Integrity Codes.’’
He explained that some of the ways to achieve same included exhibiting the highest standards of professional competence , efficiency and effectiveness.
“In line with foregoing , the civil servants and public officials must uphold the Constitution and laws of the land in addition to seeking to advance public good at all times. One of the critical ways of ensuring this is by strict adherence to high ethical standards and integrity codes,’’ he said.
According to him, it is imperative to ensure that code of ethics and integrity standards are not just available on paper but communicated , enforced and monitored.
The chairperson advanced that more than ever before , there are increasing expectations from ordinary citizens, business executives and Civil Society groups that governments would establish and deliver higher standards of ethics and integrity in the Civil Service and agencies of government.
“It has most often been said that this country is not bereft of regulations and laws , but the challenge lies in enforcement. Despite the creation of Public Service Ethics, codes of Conduct , transparency measures , ethics and integrity systems and anti-corruption agencies, there still exists the need to concentrate on areas relevant to the problems of internalising integrity and ethics particularly in the Public Service,’’ he said.
Source: NTI News Bulletin Bi-Monthly Edition, August September 2019 Vol. 1 No. 020, Page 8