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Why we are making a maiden appearance at this year’s fair —CCB

THE code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has attributed its decision to participate in this year’s Lagos International Trade Fair, to its determination to reinforce the federal government’s campaign for a positive change in the attitudes and conduct of all Nigerians in public and private sectors of the economy.

This year’s edition is the Bureau’s maiden appearance in a fair that is in its 30th edition.

Making a presentation on Monday, in Lagos, at the Bureau’s Special Day at the ongoing Lagos International Trade Fair, the Chairman of the Bureau, Sam Saba, stated that though the Bureau is into the business of fighting corruption and abuse of public office, it decided to participate at the fair, a predominantly private sector business forum, because it also emphasizes the role of ethics in corporate business, just as it does for public service bureaucracy.

He argued that for a corporation or company to deliver the expected returns to all the stakeholders, it must abide by all relevant laws, regulations and ethics of doing business.

The CCB boss, however stressed the need for any company or corporate organisations to imbibe the universal characteristics of integrity, accountability, openness, selflessness, transparency and honest leadership for it to be described as ethical.

While reiterating the Bureau’s determination to fighting corruption and abuse of office in the country, Saba  noted that the Fair would provide an avenue for it enlighten the public on its essence.

“The Bureau notes that the Fair is a wide forum of interaction for businesses, media and government institutions. This, in essence, is the rationale behind the Bureau’s appearance in this year’s Trade Fair.

“This is also the Bureau’s maiden appearance in the Lagos International Trade Fair. We came to the Fair so that the public, not just the public officers, will know more about the Bureau, understand its objectives and to further engender effective interaction with Nigerians,” the CCB boss stated.