Abdul Majid Oniyanyi, a magistrate with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Magistrate’s Court, Abuja, Nigeria. Abdul ensures court trial processes and judgments are always transparent and open, especially issues around the Nigerian Police Force and members of the general public. His model is not to entertain anyone who has a pending case before him. He works assiduously to ensure judicial processes are unbiased, fair and corrupt free.
Quote: “In discharging your duties to the public, never lower your moral values and standard.”
Designation: Journalist with Ebonyi State Newspaper Corporation, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State
Mr. Benson Agwu, a veteran journalist with Ebonyi State Newspaper Corporation, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. He is a dedicated and courageous investigative reporter known for constructive criticism and monitoring of government expenditures. Benson was exiled from Ebonyi state for 9 years after exposing officials of government’s (at the state level) involved in a bank robbery in 2003. Furthermore, in order to stop the menace of political assassination, he has published articles exposing corrupt government security personnel used as political tools in Ebonyi state. Quote: My inclination towards the truth erases every tendency to compromise.
Designation: Deputy Director at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC)
Mr. Aremu Kehinde, a Deputy Director at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). Also doubles as the NYSC State Coordinator, Anambra State, Nigeria. He was previously nominated for 2017 Integrity Idol. In ensuring government systems are accountable and transparent, he pioneered the digitalization of the NYSC staff records systems and redesigned the current NYSC mobilization process using an electronic platform with safeguards that makes external intrusion/ manipulations difficult, while maintaining high level of data integrity. In the process of doing this, he uncovered inconsistencies in documentations involving colleagues and superiors. This discoveries led to life threatening incidents like; burgling his car and office on different occasions. Mr. Aremu believes integrity needs to be preached at large in Nigeria. No matter the outcome of his involvement/ engagement in the Integrity Idol Award nomination, he is proud to spread the gospel of accountability in Nigeria with young people.
Quote: When the truth is to going to be looked for, always ensure that you are recognized as the source.
Designation: Investigative Journalist with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
Mrs. Bukola Adewunmi, an investigative journalist with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). In one of her encounter to provide reliable and valid information to citizens, she was arrested along with her children by security personnel for investigating a case involving government and the private sector. She believes in standing for the truth, and reporting news accurately and truthfully. Quote: Integrity is a personality. You cannot separate yourself from who you are.
Designation: Supply Chain Director at the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA), Abuja, Nigeria
Mr. Bravo Otohabru, a Pharmacist by profession, currently the Supply Chain Director at the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA), Abuja, Nigeria. In order to maintain integrity of the supply chain distribution process at his workplace, he put measures in place to ensure transparency and accountability in. He ensures bidding processes, screening exercises and selection of eligible contractors are transparent and open, even though there is external pressure to circumvent the process. Bravo feels a great sense of pride when he does the right thing.
Quote: Have high moral standards in everything you do!
Nuzo Eziechi serves at the Bureau of Public Enterprise, Abuja where she carries out her duties (HR policies and Business Strategy alignment, workforce planning, learning and development) dutifully and has become a role model to many in her work environment. Nuzo refuses to take bribes from anyone, and ensures that the Bureau’s standards and values are upheld despite the challenges. She says, “I live by the values my parents taught me; not to play by my own rules or take shortcuts in everything I do”.
Igbolo Magdalene is seasoned lecturer at the University of Abuja where she helps to build the next generation of responsible leaders in Nigeria. She refuses to give in to dishonesty, rejecting bribes from students and pushing back against admitting the relatives and friends of government officials to the university if they are not academically qualified. She says: “Don’t allow people push you around. Do what you are supposed to do”.
Ogumelen Justina serves with the Federal Capital Territory, Agricultural Development Program where she supports and encourages farmers in rural communities by empowering them with relevant information and other resources needed to increase their efficiency. She is an official with great integrity, who refuses to take bribes for access to the resources she controls saying: “I hate cheating and being cheated, therefore do the right thing every time”.
Yemi Kale is the Statistician General at the National Bureau of Statistics where she ensures that the numbers and projections we need as a nation are meticulously collated and made readily available for use. His integrity has seen him strive to uphold the dignity of his office against all the odds, refusing to alter national statistics to impress the government and releasing only the correct statistics to Nigerians. He says: “To do the job very well, be prepared to lose the job. The day I decide I cannot lose this job, I start to compromise to remain on the Job.”
Tubokenimi David serves at the State House Medical Centre in Abuja as a Physiotherapist, where she provides meticulous health care services to her clients, saving lives and going the extra mile to ensure citizens stay healthy. As a person of integrity, she advocates vociferously for young girls, encouraging greater awareness around education, gender equality and gender-related health issues. She says: “Treat every human with equality in term of ethnicity, faith, gender and title.”