Mr. Ekpo Nta, ICPC boss
By Dele Ogbodo â€¨
The Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, Wednesday tasked the leadership of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), on the need to imbibe specialised training on investigative reporting and follow-up on cases to a conclusive end.
Nta in a signed statement by the commission's spokesman, Mr. Folu Olamiti, dropped the hints when the Chairman of the union Mr. Chuks Ehirimi, led his executive committee members on a courtesy visit to his office.
The chairman assured the leadership of NUJ that the commission would continue to partner with the media in the war against corruption in the country.
He said: "Let me assure you that we will continue with the spirit of collaboration by providing specialised training for investigation and follow up for journalists in their reportorial assignments across the country."
According to him, journalists should not just cover the arraignment of suspects alone but must "follow-up on cases to the end. "This according to him, is to alert the anti-graft agencies not to sell any case.
The follow-up, he said, “will also put the judiciary on notice and put others in the society who may want to commit infraction in the future that they might receive similar treatment in the media."
While reiterating the importance of the media in the anti-corruption campaign, Nta said: “We all knew the power of the pen especially in the Arab Spring. We shall adopt the use of Arab Spring in sensitising the public to challenge the corrupt in our society."
He promised that the commission would soon embark on massive publicity to show vivid examples of what corruption is doing to denigrate our people and also to celebrate the youths who are doing well right from the primary school.
He said the problem of corruption was largely based on perception stressing that with the right environment Nigerians are good people
In a remark, Ehirim said the NUJ as a professional body was ready to partner the ICPC in the fight against corruption.
He said: "We are here to pledge our support to the fight against corruption in the land. ICPC seems to be the only one diligent in its work without media advertisement.
“ You can count on us in this your patriotic job. As long as you do the right thing we will continue to work with you."