REFORMS/SERVICOM UNIT


Brief Background of Reforms Unit

The Reforms Unit was set up on 12th April, 2017 in line with the provisions of Section 11 (2)(a) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015, the Standing Order from the Head of Service of the Federation, the ICPC Act and the Servicom Charter. The said Standing Order mandated all Ministries and Government Agencies to create a department or unit on Anti-Corruption and Transparency as well as Servicom.

The Unit was created for the following reasons:

  1. To serve as internal control mechanism that expresses the Agency’s zero tolerance for corruption related practices.
  2. To inculcate and instill the culture of disciplined work ethics and efficiency among staff.
  3. To achieve better welfare package for staff
  4. To enhance improved staff service delivery in advancing the Agency’s mission in relations to suspects, victims, general public and relevant stakeholders in the fight against human trafficking.
  5. To ensure disability inclusion and gender mainstreaming in the entire NAPTIP’s operation.

Based on the above the Reforms Unit was created with the following sub unit under it, namely:

  1. Anti-Corruption, Ethics Compliance and Transparency
  2. Servicom
  3. Gender Mainstreaming and Disability Inclusion
  4. Staff Welfare
  5. Whistle Blower Analysis and Monitoring
  6. Health and Safety Compliance

MANDATES OF VARIOUS SUB UNITS

 Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit

The Unit is saddled with the responsibility to perform all the duties in Section 6 (a) to (f) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 except that of prosecution. It shall report all alleged cases of corruption to the Commission through the Director General of NAPTIP.  Core mandate of the Unit as spelt out in Section 6 (a) to (f) 1 as follows:

Where reasonable grounds exist for suspecting that any person conspired to commit or has attempted to commit or committed an offence under this Act or any other law prohibiting corruption, to receive and investigate any report of the conspiracy to commit or the commission of such offence and, in appropriate case, to prosecute the offenders

To examine the practices, systems and procedures of public bodies and where, in the opinion of the Commission, such practices, systems  or procedures aid or facilitate fraud or corruption, to direct and supervise a view of them

To instruct, advise and assist any officer, agency or parastatals on ways by which fraud or corruption may be eliminated or minimized by such officer, agency or parastatals

To advise heads of public bodies of any changes in practices, systems or procedures compatible with the effective discharge of the duties of the public bodies as the Commission thinks fit to reduce the likelihood or incidence of bribery, corruption, and related offences

  • To educate the public on and against bribery, corruption and related offences; and
  • To enlist and foster public support in combating corruption.

The Unit shall monitor report on, and provide advice with respect to compliance with the prohibitions covering behaviors that bear on corrupt practices as contained in the following sections of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000, covering Section 8-27 as follows:

  • Section 8: Gratification by an official
  • Section 9: Corrupt offer to the public officer
  • Section 10: Corrupt demand by persons
  • Section 11: Counseling offences relating to corruption
  • Section 12: Fraudulent acquisition of property
  • Section 13: Fraudulent receipt of property
  • Section 14: Penalty of offences committed through postal system
  • Section 15: Deliberate frustration of investigation by the Commission
  • Section 16: Making false statement or return
  • Section 17: Gratification by and through agents, and definition of agent
  • Section 18: Bribery of public officer
  • Section 19: Offences of using offices and position for gratification
  • Section 20: Penalty for offences under section 8-19
  • Section 21: Bribery in relation to auctions
  • Section 22: Bribery for giving assistance etc., in regards to contracts
  • Section 23: Duty to report bribery transaction
  • Section 24: Dealing with, using, holding, receiving or concealing gratification
  • Section 25: Making of statement which is false or intended to misled e.tc
  • Section 26: Attempts, preparations, abetments and criminal conspiracies punishable as offence, delegation of Attorney-General’s power to prosecute
  • Section 27: Power to investigate, reports and enquire into information.

SERVICOM

  1. The SERVICOM sub-unit is mandated to; Spearhead the Agency’s service delivery initiative.
  2. Institute a complaints mechanism including Grievance Redress Mechanism for the Agency
  3. Ensure the promotion of quality assurance and best practices in the implementation of the Agency’s mandate
  4. To facilitate a safe, healthy and conducive working environment for all officers.

Gender Mainstreaming and Disability Inclusion

  1. Liaise with VAPP department to mainstream gender in the Agency’s activities
  2. Monitor and Evaluate (M&E) the implementation of NAPTIP Gender Policy and Implementation Framework.
  3. Liaise with Disability Commission to develop a NAPTIP inclusion guideline and framework for full compliance of the Agency to the plights of Persons with Disability (PWD) in line with Disability Inclusion Act, 2018.
  4. Liaise with national women networks and other partners to promote gender-friendly policies and practices that minimize marginalization and discrimination against men and women.
  5. Ensure regular Gender and PWDs Transformative Programs, which actively work to change gender-biased norms and remove constraints is inculcated.

Whistle Blower Analysis and Monitoring

  1. The Reforms Unit has an active email advertised on the website: reformsunit@naptip.gov.ng through this email, we receive complaints from the public on issues related to corrupt practices and coded information on spotting human trafficking gang network within the country.
  2. Ensure protection and confidentiality of the Whistle Blowers

Staff Welfare

  1. Conduct Staff welfare survey from time to time to ascertain the level of Staff satisfaction in the Job and make recommendations to management on how to improve welfare of officers and men.
  2. Development of Staff welfare guideline with inputs from relevant departments.
  3. Ensure that reward system for excellent performance is adopted by the Agency in addition to punishment for offenders

Health and Safety Manual

  1. Bring up recommendations from time to time on WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) for healthy work space
  2. Conduct health risk assessment from time to time and recommend mitigation plan for the Agency like in the Case of COVID-19, the Reforms Unit developed a Health and Safety Manual for the Agency in compliance to the NCDC safety rules

The Unit is headed by an experienced and seasoned administrator.


Contact Person:
Name: Ebele Ulasi
Phone No:
Email: reformsunit@naptip.gov.ng

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