ICPC begins training of intelligence officers

THE Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), has set up Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN) as its training and research centre, to constantly beef up the capacity of its officers as well as other intelligence personnel to fulfill the anti-corruption mandate.

    Speaking during the training of some ICPC intelligence officers in Keffi, Nasarawa state, Provost of the Academy, Sola Akinrinade said the Academy is planning to introduce postgraduate certificate and diploma programmes as well as Master’s Degree programmes in Anti-Corruption Studies.

   “We are in discussion with certain institutions both in Nigeria and United Kingdom to partner in delivering these postgraduate programmes. Our mode of delivery is work-based learning and the details are still being worked out”, he said.

    Welcoming the first batch of participants drawn from the Intelligence and Security Support Unit (ISSU) of the Commission, Akinrinade explained that the teaching and practical sessions put together at the training would build their capacity to function effectively and efficiently.

   “Without attempting to scare you, I can assure you that the programme will task you but I know at the end, you will all be better for it, having been equipped with skills and knowledge that will make you true intelligence officers”, he said.

    He said the leadership of the ICPC has taken steps to prioritise the training and equipping of staff with appropriate skills that will enhance their performance.

    The provost explained further that launching of the Academy “is one of the critical steps identified in the medium term Strategic Plan of the ICPC as prerequisite for the attainment of the Commission’s goal and strengthening of its personnel. The leadership of the Academy is also working to ensure that these goals are realised”.

  Earlier in her opening speech, the Head of ISSU, Sharon Ogiri charged the participants to take the four-week programme serious and live up to the slogan of the unit, which is, “it may be difficult but not impossible”. She also asked them to conduct themselves with decorum throughout the duration of the programme.

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