The Director-General of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Professor Aliyu Jauro wants staff of the agency to champion the fight against corruption.
He spoke during the inauguration of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) at the headquarters of the agency in Abuja.
The Unit, was established by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), in collaboration with the office of the Head of the Civil Service as a mechanism to prevent, identify and correct operational lapses in Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government in the country.
Prof Jauro said corruption impedes the growth of the nation, saying, “When you have corruption, there is no way you can progress.”
He stated further that “it is a huge task that is placed on ACTU. Apart from the members, everyone has a role to play in ensuring a corrupt-free organization.
In a goodwill message at the occasion, the Chairman of ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, represented by Justine Kuatsea lauded the giant strides of NESREA in the areas of environmental compliance monitoring and enforcement as well as enacting relevant regulations to address environmental problems in Nigeria.
He added that the coming on board of the unit would promote transparency and accountability in the activities of the Agency and charged members of the Unit to “live above board and by holding tenaciously unto the virtues of honesty of purpose and hardwork.”
Oath of Office was thereafter administered on six staff of the agency as members of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit of NESREA.