The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde has cautioned public officers across the country against betrayal of trust reposed in them by the larger public.
Lamorde, who gave the warning at a Retreat for Federal Permanent Secretaries in Lagos, said that public officers hold positions in trust for the people and betrayal of such trust “is the worst crime a public officer can commit against the people”.
“Every public officer is charged with a specific duty, which feeds into the broader mandate of the public service. It is incumbent on him to ensure that at all times, his conduct is in tandem and not at variance with the people-specific orientation of the public service”‘, he said.
Lamorde harped on the need for public officers to report suspicious practices to appropriate authorities stressing that “if you keep quiet, if you do nothing in the face of a crime, you may be seen as an accessory to the crime”.
The retreat, which was chaired by Bukar Goni Aji, Head of Service of the Federation, was attended by Federal Permanent Secretaries, Accountant General of the Federation, Director-General, Bureau of Public Procurement, heads of anti-corruption agencies, among others.
Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, Expo Nta, pointed out that no government can succeed, even with the best intentions, if the public service was corruption-ridden.
“A corruption-ridden public service sabotages the best intentions of government and places the government of the day in poor light. Corruption is a betrayal of the public trust and a disservice to the people”, he said.