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Anti-corruption centre rates Kogi CSDA high in integrity, performance

The Centre for Ethics and Self-Value Orientation, an anti-corruption and good governance-inclined NGO, has rated Kogi Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA) as one of the most ethically responsible and least corrupt agencies in Nigeria.

Prince Saleh Yakubu, Executive Director of the Center, made the disclosure during the conferment of awards and certificates on the CSDA’s General Manager, Audu Momoh, and his management team in Lokoja on Sunday.

“Based on our scrutiny and independent investigation on our anti-corruption scale, CSDA scored a cumulative 75 percent in the Cumulative Corporate Performance Score.

“The agency ranks among the top highly rated most ethically responsible and least corrupt state agencies in the country and is hereby presented with the centre’s Corporate Ethics and Integrity Compliance Certificate.

“CSDA has almost turned Kogi State into a safe haven for community-inclined projects in different nooks and crannies of the state and therefore deserves accolades,” he said.

Yakubu explained that 1,000 questionnaires were usually distributed per local government in Nigeria on a yearly basis as indicators to ascertain leadership performance in organisations in the quest to tackle corruption in the country.

He said that the centre had over 1,500 whistleblowers spread in all the 774 LGAs in Nigeria, through which it conducted secret independent assessments of the activities of public officers, individuals, and corporate organisations.

Consequently, the anti-corruption agency honoured the General Manager of CSDA, Chief Dauda Momoh, with the Integrity Icon of Nigeria (IION)

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the centre also honoured the CSDA’s general manager with an Ethical Leadership Conduct Compliance Award Certificate and a gold medal in public administration.

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Also, the agency won a gold medal for scoring above the benchmark of 65 percent and so honoured one of the gold medalists in public administration.

The centre described the award as “well-deserved, not negotiated for, nor paid for, but based on qualitative and critical assessment.”.

It explained that the awards and honours were in appreciation of their leadership qualities devoid of corruption and maladministration.

Responding, Momoh dedicated the award to the management and staff of the agency and commended the anti-corruption centre for its interest in the activities of the agency while checking corrupt practices in the effort to sanitise the public sector. (NAN)

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