Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has urged civil servants to shun corruption in order to enjoy a peaceful and stress-free retirement devoid of incessant invitation from anti-corruption agencies.
Fashola gave this advice at the Management and Staff Sensitisation Seminar organised by the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) of the ministry on Wednesday in Abuja.
The seminar tagged “Corruption Trends in Public Service, Causes and Impact on National Development,” was organised to promote a corruption free service delivery by officials.
Fashola, represented by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Mrs. Blessings Lere-Adams, advised participants to be transparent and obey the rules and regulations guiding the operations of their schedules as they carry out their assignments.
“Corruption is crime and urged participants to shun it in a bid to live a peaceful retirement life devoid of incessant invitations from anti-corruption agencies after retirement.
“Adopting a corrupt free attitude in the course of duty would enhance Nigeria’s overall development as a nation,” the minister said.
Mrs Adebimpe Abodunrin, a facilitator from the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Matters Commission (ICPC) in a paper tagged, “Corruption and Its Impact,” said every office in the civil service was to be held in trust.
“Every civil servant has been trusted with the assignment given to him and should not be seen betraying it by being corrupt. Public Service is a position of trust, don’t betray it,” she said.
She listed corruption acts to include abuse of office, dishonesty, breaking of rules and regulations, evil and immoral acts among others were major hindrances to any nation’s development.