The German branch of Nigerians in Diaspora Organization NIDO, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission, ICPC, to help the Federal Government in the fight against corruption.
The MoU describes NIDO’s collaboration with the government to fight money laundering activities, recovery of proceeds of corruption, assets tracing and monitoring, technical assistance, anti-corruption ICT solutions, communication and research.
Chairman of the ICPC, Mr Ekpo Nta, who signed the MoU on behalf of the commission, was a Special Guest of Honour during their Extraordinary Annual General Meeting at the official flagging off of Nigerians In Diaspora (NIDO) Anti-corruption Campaign for Nigerians in Germany.
Similarly, the MoU was signed on behalf of NIDO Germany by her President, Kenneth Gbandi, who had also served as the African Representative on the Hamburg Senate Integration Advisory Council from 2011 to 2015.
Nta said that ICPC’s mandate was to promote strong public institutions that would deter corrupt practices, adding that given the government’s zero-tolerance for corruption, this was the best time for members of NIDO to complement the Federal Government’s job creation effort by investing in cottage industries in their home communities.
The ICPC boss mentioned that the commission would continue to treat all petitions from NIDO members expeditiously through continuous investigation, prosecution and conduct of corruption risk assessments in relation to any person or public institution that creates corruption bottlenecks for their investments, especially in the areas of property acquisition and business partnerships.
NIDO Chapter Presidents from other European countries, who were in attendance, called on the ICPC to enter into similar partnerships with them.
The ICPC chairman later inducted all participants at the NIDO convention in Germany as members of the National Anti-corruption Volunteers Corps (NAVC) of ICPC, decorating them with special arm bands.