On the 23rd of August, 2021, Accountability Lab Nigeria concluded its selection of the 2021 cohort of Integrity Icons; meaning outstanding public officials that have shown great honesty in the handling of their duties.
Five of these civil servants were selected for the award out of a shortlist of 30 nominees, whose stories were verified prior to the day for authenticity. A total of 1139 nominations were received by the public for this year’s edition of the campaign.
The judges that performed the selection in Abuja include Adaobi Obiabunmuo, project coordinator, PRIMORG; Philip Ezegbulam, a 2020 Integrity Icon Awardee with the Police Service Commission; Henrietta Okokon, Public Awareness Manager, SERVICOM; Okwe Obi, a journalist with The Sun News; Simi Cole, a consultant with the NCDC and Chris Nzeduru, a development consultant. The top 5 selected Integrity Icons will be announced soon and will be “named and famed” at the Integrity Icon Award ceremony scheduled to take place later in the year.
Following the selection process, Adaobi Obiabunmuo praised the project, urging Accountability Lab to scale up to accommodate the private sector. “There are a lot of private sector workers with integrity that are also performing greatly in their space, I wish Integrity Icon could also include some of them as awardees in future.” She said. Chris Nzeduru of Somvast Resources Ltd. said of the project: “It’s a great one and I believe that it has the potential to improve this country, especially if it becomes adopted on a larger scale.”
Accountability Lab Nigeria Project Manager Ehi Idakwo presided over the process in Abuja, which Henrietta Okokon of SERVICOM described as “transparent and straightforward.”
About The Integrity Icon Campaign
Since 2017, the Integrity Icon campaign has given recognition to honest Nigerian public servants who have refused to adopt the stereotype of corruption and indiscipline; and have braved personal risk to ensure excellence in the workplace. Some of these celebrated Icons include indefatigable police officer CSP Francis Erhabor; DG of the National Bureau of Statistics, Dr. Yemi Kale; NSCDC officer, Abiola Jimoh; NAFDAC Assistant Director, Tani Nimlan; Federal magistrate, Abdulmajid Oniyanyi, University lecturer, Igbolo Magdalene; NYSC state coordinator, Aremu Kehinde among others. Accountability Lab Nigeria is creating a network of these honest individuals to expand their influence beyond personal integrity and bring about a broader institutional reform. These Integrity Icons are changing the narrative on corruption in public service and deserve your support in bringing about a better and more accountable Nigeria.