THE CHALLENGE OF COMMUNICATING ICPC’S ETHICS AND COMPLIANCE SCORE CARD FOR MINISTRIES, DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES (MDAS) OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA

Chike Walter Duru

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This article discusses the challenge of communicating the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC) Ethics and Compliance Score Card for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government. The Score Card contains a structured summary of values that measure a set of indicators. It scores, tabulates and ranks indicator items and their attributes along a range of values. The Score Card creates a platform for comparing and analyzing the weaknesses that make MDAs susceptible to corruption. It will also measure MDA’s compliance with institutional integrity mandates, as well as accountability principles required for effective service delivery. The argument that communication is essential for the realization of the objectives of the Score Card was advanced in a discourse analysis. Anchored on theories X and Y and Media Richness theory, the paper focuses on the Score Card, its implications and the risk of not factoring professional communication, advocacy and effective stakeholders’ engagement in the implementation; highlighting the paths not yet taken. It is recommended that Civil Society practitioners, relevant professional bodies and stakeholders in the communication sector must be involved and a robust communication strategy developed to ensure the realization of the objectives of the Score Card.


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Corruption, Ethics and Compliance Score Card, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, Communication, Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

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