The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has been ranked highest in terms of compliance to ethics and integrity among other sister agencies under the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
The outstanding performance of NCC is contained in the recently released Ethics Compliance and Integrity Scorecard (ECIS), 2020 released by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC).
It was gathered that with a total score of 81.15 per cent, the Commission topped the list among three other agencies under the Ministry, which featured in the intra-ministerial agencies’ ranking in ethics compliance and institutional integrity.
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) emerged second with a total score of 74.05 percent; Nigeria Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) came third with a score of 31.9 per cent while the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) occupied the fourth position with 17.65 per cent.
The report underscores NCC’s critical role as a member of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU), which is the Federal Government’s vanguard for promoting ethics and ensuring compliance to ethical codes within the Nigerian Public sector. As the internal anti-corruption and transparency mechanism put in place within the Commission to improve the integrity of internal processes for better service delivery, the ACTU has been instrumental to the implementation of ICPC’s framework for promoting an ethical environment.
NCC ranking on the 2020 Scorecard, which was deployed between July and September 2020 in 352 MDAs is a testament to the ethical culture and high standards of integrity, which characterize the operations and regulatory activities of the Commission.
The ranking by ICPC, in addition to demonstrating NCC’s commitment to the orderly growth and development of the Nigerian telecommunications industry, underscores the Commission’s strategic role as a key enabler of positive change within Nigeria’s socio-economic landscape.
The telecoms regulator is conscious of President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision on anti-corruption and is committed to continue to support the Federal Government’s digital economy agenda to rapidly advance the socio-economic development of Nigeria, through leveraging Information and Communications Technologies to drive performance across all the critical sectors of the Nigerian economy through its fair, firm, forthright and transparent regulatory approach.
The ICPC developed the ECIS in line with its proactive and preventive mandate under the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 to reinforce its drive to strengthen integrity, accountability and transparency in the public service.
The ECIS is deployed annually in selected government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, to measure how MDAs comply with ethical, integrity, statutory, regulatory and policy standards and requirements.
The goal is to diminish corruption risk, improve ethics and integrity benchmarks and improve service delivery.