INTEGRITY IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENTS FOR HUMAN EXISTENCE—SAYS THE NTI-ANTI CORRUPTION CZARINA, MRS. BILKISU YAKUBU

INTEGRITY IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENTS FOR HUMAN EXISTENCE—SAYS THE NTI-ANTI CORRUPTION CZARINA, MRS. BILKISU YAKUBU

INTEGRITY IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENTS FOR HUMAN EXISTENCE—SAYS THE NTI-ANTI CORRUPTION CZARINA, MRS. BILKISU YAKUBU

 Mrs. Bilkisu Yakubu, the Chairperson NTI-Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit, delivering her speech during the sensitisation workshop recently.

Mrs. Bilkisu Yakubu, the NTI-Anti Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) Chairperson, has observed that once our youths grow up with integrity and sound moral values, the number of people to be tried nationwide because of corruption would be reduced significantly. Yakubu saw in a recent interview with the NTI Bulletin at the NTI-ACTU Secretariat domiciled at the NTI International Conference Centre and Suites of the Institute. She stressed that it is important to build and promote integrity among members of the public especially the youths as future leaders of the country and explained that integrity is a quality of possessing and adhering to high sound moral principles.

“Integrity being the main attribute that determines the level of credibility, transparency, honesty and steadfastness to sound moral thinking and action is a sine qua non to genuine commitment and resolve to fight against the scourge of corruption. Its absence at both individual and corporate levels as well as within the leadership and general populace, militates against efforts to eradicate corruption and other related social vices”, she said.

The NTI-ACTU Czarina regretted that several people erroneously believe that the upward journey in life could only be achieved by gains through falsehood, nefarious activities, and other negative vices. According to her, to make remarkable and real progress in life, there is need to live above board in all situations, pointing out that any hope built on dishonesty would lead to loss. She emphasised that at the individual level, integrity entails the quality of having strong moral principles and a state of internal consistency devoid of corrupt tendencies, adding that possessing integrity entails embracing honesty in intention, attitude, word and action.

“It also means doing the right thing by obeying laid down rules even when no one is watching as well as respect for elders and the constituted authorities”, she said.

She mentioned that integrity could be classified into personal, professional, organisational and societal categories and explained that personal integrity which has to do with an individual involves how he or she relates with other people or group of people, as well as being consistently trustworthy as an individual.

“Professional integrity refers to subscribing to values and standards, as enshrined in ethics of one’s profession; while organisational integrity is concerned with observing and promoting organisational collective values without debasing the milieu in which it operates, in addition to ensuring  high quality of products and services, customer satisfaction  and value for money for the end user. Societal integrity refers to strict observance of cultural ethos, beliefs and procedure, based on sound moral values devoid of corrupt tendencies”, she said.

The NTI-ACTU Czarina hinted that features of integrity included self-discipline; honesty and uprightness; zero tolerance of corruption; consistency in behaviour; dependability and loyalty to a just cause.

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