The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has restated its commitment to maintain zero tolerance for any form of malpractice in all its initiatives targeted at fulfilling its statutory mandate.
A statement by the Corporation’s Head, Communication and Public Affairs Department, Mallam M. Ibrahim, quoted the Managing Director of the Corporation, Umaru Ibrahim, as giving this assurance during the inauguration of the re-constituted Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) of the Corporation by the Acting Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) in the corporation’s head office in Abuja.
Ibrahim explained that based on its mandate and supervisory activities, the Corporation remained at the vanguard of the fight against corruption through the enforcement of good corporate governance, transparency and accountability to minimise the risk of bank failure in order to protect depositors and ensure safety and soundness of the financial system.
He described the inauguration of the NDIC Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) as good development as it will further strengthen the Corporation’s resolve and its partnership with other government agencies involved in the anti-corruption fight towards promoting credible and effective service delivery in the public sector.
To that end, Alhaji Ibrahim further noted that the NDIC has been organising annual capacity building seminars for strategic stakeholders such as the ICPC, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Special Fraud Unit and Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit of the Nigeria Police Force in the area of financial crime investigation.
He also expressed the readiness of NDIC to sustain its participation in the capacity building programmes organised by the ICPC Training Academy.
Responding, the Acting Chairman of ICPC, Alh. Abdullahi Bako, said ACTU was created by the ICPC in 2001 in all government agencies to curb corrupt practices and to establish transparent processes and procedures in the public sector.
He commended the NDIC for its commitment to transparency and accountability in the discharge of its regulatory responsibilities. He concluded his remarks by expressing the hope that the inauguration of the unit would create synergy for effective collaboration between the two agencies.