The Anti-Corruption and Transparency Units were established in MDAs by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) pursuant to circular (Ref. No. OHCSF/MSO/192/94 dated 2nd October, 2001), as an autonomous body with functional link to the CEO of the MDA.
ACTU operational guidelines are contained in the ACTU â€˜Standing Orderâ€™, which provides for the rules on Status, Composition, Operations and Duties of ACTUs in the MDAs. Section 6(a)-(f) of the Corrupt practices and other related Offences Act, 2000 empowers ACTU to serve as compliance and ethics Officers with sole aim of:
- Educating and enlightening their MDAs on corruption and related offences
- Promote Ethics and Integrity through ensuring adherence to rules, regulation, upholding and enforcing compliance and Ethical Codes in MDAs
- Monitor Budget Implementation in MDAs
- Conduct preliminary/administrative investigation when necessary
- Undertake the study and review of Operational systems of MDAs with a view to improving transparency and accountability
Brief history of the Centre/Unit
ACTU first came into being during the tenure of Professor Tukur Saad and witnessed several changes in leadership. Among the past Chairmen of the Unit were, Prof. Akim Osunde, Prof. M. G. M. kolo, Prof. Bisi Alex Ayanwale and Prof. P. A. Idah who handed over to the present Chairman/Director Prof. K. U. Isah on the 10th March 2020. The Chairman/Director and other new members of ACTU were officially inaugurated on the 11th of March 2021 by ICPC.
Apart from its enlightenment activities, the unit has conducted various investigations of corrupt practices by both students and staff of the University, which lead to disciplinary actions taken against those found culpable, by the University.