By Franklin Ocheneyi
“Since bribery and the way organizations are governed are the most contributory factors to corruption, therefore these Nigerian Industrial Standards anti-bribery management systems (NIS ISO 37001:2016) and Good governance (NIS 902:2017)offer the country with an opportunity to use the global tools to support the fight against corruption”
MrOsitaAboloma, Director-General of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) stated this during the presentation ceremony of the two anti-corruption tools in Lagos.
He said that the new standards would help the current administration’s efforts to reduce corruption in the country to the barest minimum.
He noted that fighting systematised corruption in the country could be a herculean task but added that the two standards would be of tremendous help, especially because they are proactive in the actions.
He, therefore, charged firms to imbibe the two standards in their organisations’ operational processes so that breaches are prevented ahead of time rather than the other way round.
“These standards can be applied to any organisation’s type or nature. They will assist you to prevent bribery in your systems and minimize bribery, mitigate possible lawsuit, demonstrate to customers and stakeholders a robust anti-bribery management system,” he said.
According to him, with the recent appointment of President MuhammaduBuhari by the African Union to provide leadership on anti-corruption and good governance on the continent, these two standards offer ready tools to realize this expectation
He commended the national experts who, meticulously worked with the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) Project Committee on Anti-bribery Management Systems (ISO/PC278) to elaborate and publish the ISO 37001:2016 on Anti-bribery Management System Standard.
“These standards can be applied to any organisation’s type or nature. They will assist you to prevent bribery in your systems and minimise bribery, mitigate possible lawsuit, and demonstrate to customers and stakeholders a robust anti-bribery management system“
Former Governor, Edo State, OserheimenOsunbor, stated that the introduction of the standards would be a major contribution to the prosecution of the government’s war against corruption, contribute to the ease of doing business in Nigeria and reduce Nigeria’s ranking in the global corruption index.
It will be recalled that SON during a project committee meeting on the adoption of ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System Standards in Abuja, the committee posited that the process was borne out of the desire to proffer solutions to the national discourse on corruption in our country, leveraging on standardization tools.