Accountability Lab, a global Non Governmental Organization (NGO), aiming to champion nationwide crusade to shun all forms of corruption, indiscipline and to make integrity the watchword in the country, on Tuesday in Abuja decorated five Nigerians at her 3rd edition of Integrity Icon Award.
CSP Francis Erhabor of the Nigeria Police was among the 5 Nigerian public servants, who were decorated at the 2019 Integrity Icon Summit and Award, having certified with their professional conducts.
Other awardees at the event were Tina Odinakachi Lirmdu, a lecturer at the University of Jos, Plateau State; Kacheilom Bertram Roberts-Ndukwe, a secondary school teacher from Port Harcourt, Rivers State; Tani Ali Nimlan, a staff with National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC; and Christian Ngozi Ahiauzu, University of Port Harcourt’s head of the network infrastructure unit (ICTC).
CSP Erhabor was the cynosure of all eyes and was given a standing ovation, (ordinarily, the least is expected of him being a police officer). He was emerged the overall winner of the 2019 Integrity Icon Award, for his refusal to take a N6m bribe offered him when he was appointed as the Pipeline Commander by the PPMC with N37,500 peanut allowance.
Earlier on Monday at the summit, the Country Director of Accountability Lab, Mr. Friday Odey explained that the annual summit was aimed at encouraging Nigerians to maintain probity and accountability in all their endeavours.
He noted that the primary aim of the organization was to identify and reward Nigerians with good exemplary character, and above all surpass the integrity test by giving no room to compromise their exhorted positions.
The Integrity Icon Summit and Award is the brain child of the Accountability Lab, in collaboration with Luminate, MacArthur and Ford Foundation, with an intention to spread globally the need to uphold sincerity, accountability, probity and honesty in public domain.