By: Samuel Adeyinka
Application of information and Communication Technology to stem level of Corruption and internet Crimes can not be over emphasized.
To this end, the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC, Dr. Musa Adamu Aliyu, has solicited the support of the National Information Technology Development Agency NITDA for the inclusion and integration of innovative technology in the fight against corruption and mapping areas of deployment of such technologies.
A statement by ICPC spokesperson, Mrs Azuka Ogugua describes the Chairman’s visit to NITDA as a move to new era in the fight against corruption, focusing on technology drive in achieving the ICPC’s mandate.
Dr. Aliyu says with the advancements in all sectors, adopting the best technologies in fighting and preventing corruption is crucial.
“Our partnership with NITDA is aimed at exploring support in digitising ICPC, enhancing transparency, accountability, and effectiveness, thereby boosting public confidence.”
He further elaborated, “Fighting corruption without technology is unthinkable at this stage. Our primary responsibilities at ICPC include preventing corruption, investigating, and prosecuting. Technology is essential for us to operate effectively.”
On his part, NITDA’s Director-General, Mr. Kashifu Abdullahi, expressed readiness to assist the ICPC, sharing insights on NITDA’s Digital Transformation Playbook.
He emphasised that digital transformation is a continuous journey, highlighting the importance of building capabilities for sustainable results.
The meeting also entailed discussions on forming a joint committee, symbolizing an ongoing collaboration between ICPC and NITDA.
This joint effort underscores the commitment to digital transformation as a constant process, crucial for a proactive approach in the fight against corruption.