The ICPC currently has two major preventive mechanisms.
The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Ekpo Nta, on Thursday said the commission had taken steps to strengthen its corruption prevention measures.
Mr. Nta stated this in Abuja in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.
He said that one of the steps was the aggressive enlightenment of the public on the risk associated with corrupt practices.
The chairman noted that prevention had been globally accepted as one of the best ways to fight corruption.
He said that the Corruption Risk Assessment (CRA) initiative and Anti-Corruption and Transparency Units (ACTU) in ministries and agencies were part of the prevention measures adopted by the commission.
He said that the CRA was created to enlighten staff in organisations on corruption prone areas with a view to ensuring that corrupt practices were prevented.
“The use of preventive measures has gained global acceptance because it was better to do prevention than prosecution in anti-corruption fight.
“We have put in a lot of energy in 2012 and 2013 to ensure that the preventive aspect of corruption was achieved.
“I am very impressed with the level of success recorded in this regard,” he said; and urged the public to support the ICPC by reporting suspected cases of corruption to enable it act on them.
“This is because we must act on information given to us; if you know you are being shortchanged, take one positive action by sending a report to draw our attention to it,” he added.
Mr. Nta said that the proposed amendment to the ICPC Act was meant to introduce stiffer penalties for offences.
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