The Anti- Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU), was established by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) as one of the implementation mechanisms for its Mandate on prohibition and prevention of corruption especially in the Public Service. Anti-Corruption Units are established in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government and operate as autonomous outfits with functional linkages with the office of the Chief Executives of the MDAs.
ACTU derives its mandate from Section 7(1) and Section 70 of the ICPC Act, 2000. The ACTU is to perform all duties detailed in Section 6(a) – (f) of the ICPC Act, 2000, except that of prosecution. In a nutshell, this involves:
- Preliminary Investigation
- Prevention of corruption through Systems Study and Review
- Education and Enlightenment of Public Servants on, and against corruption
- Promoting Ethics and Ensuring Compliance with ethical codes, and
- Monitoring of Budget Implementation