Accountability Lab Nigeria Presents #INTEGRITYICON Summit And Awards, To Hold In Abuja

By Post-Nigeria: January 17, 2020 05:59

Accountability Lab Nigeria Presents #INTEGRITYICON Summit And Awards, To Hold In Abuja

The third edition of the Annual Summit and Awards, is to be held in Abuja, Nigeria, to celebrate honest and outstanding public Officials, and generate conversation around promoting integrity and accountability in the public space.

Integrity Icon (formerly Integrity Idol), is a national campaign led by Accountability Lab Nigeria, with support from Luminate, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, aimed at identifying and celebrating the country’s most honest government Officials. A lack of integrity remains at the heart of Nigeria’s challenges, and citizens often feel helpless to do anything about it. But through Integrity Icon, they can engage in a positive discussion, about how to change these dynamics with the people that can bring about this change.

Country Director of Accountability Lab Nigeria, Friday Odeh, commented: “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.”

Omojo Adaji, the Mentoring, Evaluation, and Learning Officer of Accountability Lab Nigeria said: “The Integrity Icon Summit and Awards offers 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 Summit and Awards is slated for the 20th and 21st of January, 2020, respectively, at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Center, in Abuja. It will see the celebration of five outstanding public Officials, discovered through an extensive and transparent nomination and selection process, as well as encourage the Nigerian public to extol and emulate the virtues of integrity and accountability. It will also facilitate discussion around improving the society, through accountability and inclusion in governance. 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 www.integrityicon.org/vote.

Lastly, nominations are open for the 2020 Integrity Icon campaign, and these can be made via the link: https://cutt.ly/iin2020. Nominations close on the 30th of March, 2020.

For the submission of questions and suggestions, contact: Prince on [email protected].