Abuja - The Independent Corrupt Practices
and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), on Thursday in Abuja, inaugurated
its rebranded National Anti-Corruption Volunteer Corps (NAVC).
Mr Ekpo Nta, the Chairman of ICPC said the inauguration of
the corps in 2008 and the current rebranding of the outfit was to sensitise and
mobilise Nigerians against corruption.
Nta said the volunteer corps was also established to serve
as avenue for citizens to participate actively and directly in the campaign
against the national scourge.
"Experience all over the world has shown that law
enforcement is more successful and effective in countries where citizens supply
information willingly and are active partners with the relevant agencies.
"NAVC provides an opportunity for collaboration with
individuals and organised groups, including professional bodies toward
eradicating corruption in Nigeria.
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"The new NAVC will develop a corps of volunteers for
community service against corruption, mobilise and educate the citizens on
corruption and its ills,” he said.
Nta recalled that the ICPC suspended the activities of the
corps nationwide in 2014 following some lapses and selfishness noticed among
members of the corps.
He identified non-adherence to operational guidelines,
inadequate training of volunteers and lack of proper vetting of applicants as
reasons for the lapses.
In his remarks, Mr Mike Sowe, the National Coordinator of
NAVC, called on volunteers to ensure full adherence to the operational
guidelines of the corps.
He said the rebranding was to ensure efficient and effective
operation of the corps, adding that members would be trained to cope with the
According to him, the streamlining of membership of the
corps will ensure recruitment of more committed and dedicated members.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event
witnessed the unveiling of operational guidelines and training manuals for the