By MAYOWA ADENIRAN |
The third edition of the annual #IntegrityIcon award and the summit is set to hold in Abuja.
The event scheduled for 20th and 21st of January 2020, seeks to celebrate honest and outstanding public officials and generate conversation around promoting integrity and accountability in the public space.
Five Nigerians have been selected to receive an award of being accountable and corrupt-free.
The award will see the celebration of five outstanding public officials discovered through an extensive and transparent nomination and the selection process, as well as encourage the Nigerian public to extol and emulate the virtues of integrity and accountability.The Integrity Icon award, according to Country Director of Accountability Lab Nigeria, Friday Odeh, is a way to create positive conversations about what it means to be a public servant.
“The value of Integrity Icon is in the process of changing the narrative around issues of integrity and corruption. It is a way to create positive conversations about what it means to be a public servant, what the role of the Nigerian government is, and how we should think about an inclusive and fair society,” Odeh said.
Omojo Adaji, the Mentoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer of Accountability Lab Nigeria said: “The Integrity Icon Summit and Awards offer an opportunity for Nigerians to know that there are still persons of integrity in the Nigerian public service and this will go a long way in igniting the hopes of many Nigerians who have lost hope in the governance system.”
The Integrity Icon campaign has identified a total of fifteen integrity icons across the Nigerian Public Service over the past 3 years who are shining examples of what it means to be an upright public servant since its inception in Nigeria. The campaign seeks to foster collaboration with the media in telling the stories of these icons in order to re-engineer the mindsets of Nigerians and remind people that not everyone in the public service is corrupt and that the public service is not an avenue for only enriching oneself with public funds.
The five Integrity Icons of good repute to be celebrated at the awards include Kacheilom Betram Roberts-Ndukwe, a teacher at GSS Andoni in Rivers state; CSP Francis Erhabor, a Police Officer serving at Itam, Akwa Ibom state; Tina Odinakachi Iirmdu, a lecturer at the University of Jos; Christian Ahiauzu, an ICT unit head at the University of Port Harcourt; and Tani Ali Nimlan, an assistant director at NAFDAC. Voting to crown the overall Integrity Icon of the Year 2019 is currently ongoing and the public can vote for their favourite icon via