Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Integrity Idol-Nigeria, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) has called for collaboration of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in the bid to entrench integrity and promote good governance in public sector.
Mr Samuel Emenogu, Project Leader of the organisation made the call yesterday when his team met with top management of NYSC and the corps members in Awka.
Emenogu and his team also congratulated Mr Kehinde Aremu, Coordinator of NYSC in Anambra who emerged one of the winners of 2018 Integrity Idol contest.
He said there was need to identify and celebrate people who have shown character and promoted good governance in the public sector in Nigeria.
He identified bribery, lateness, exam malpractice and corruption as some of the moral challenges in the public work place adding that only people with integrity could help correct the anomalies.
Emenogu said the NYSC with its reach could help in the task for behavioural change of the people towards greater productivity in the public sector through promoting good governance.
“We are trying to change the narrative from naming and shaming bad people to ‘name and fame’ people with Integrity.
“We have to resist pressure, do the right thing, ensure that there is proper documentation of public sector administration process.
“Having conducted an integrity test of some corps members we now have four mini Integrity Idols here in Anambra, who will help the state coordinator who has been voted as 2018 Integrity Idol in Nigeria, “ he said.
On his part, Aremu said he was honoured with the award and was more emboldened to carry out his official duties with greater sense of integrity.
The coordinator said for Nigeria to attain its desired height in development and progress, citizens must be righteous and the right persons appointed into the right places.
He welcomed the call by Integrity Idol-Nigeria for collaboration with the NYSC, saying it was proper at this time of Nigeria’s national development.
Aremu proposed that NYSC should set up a curriculum for anti corruption and integrity so that issued of integrity could be taught in all the 37 orientation camps in the country.
“There has been so much attention to performance in the private sector but it is good now that an NGO is saying attention to performance in public sector, let us continue to identify people with Integrity and celebrate them.
“For me, I am happy with the award and I promise that I will even do more in providing leadership for those that are working with me,” he said.