FoI Awards: NIPC Inspired By Recognition, Motivation, Says Offor

Ag. ES/CEO Mr Emeka Offor Receiving the Award from Chairman, NIPC FOI Commitee, Mr Sabo Isiaku.

Acting ES/CEO of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Mr Emeka Offor has commended the NIPC Freedom of Information (FoI) Team for NIPC’s most responsive amongst 232 government agencies in the country ranking.

This was contained in a statement signed by NIPC’s Head, Press and Protocol, Mr.Daniel Awurum on Tuesday.

TheFact Nigeria learned that the NIPC dedicated the award as a parting gift to its immediate past boss, Ms Yewande Sadiku.

The Ag. ES/CEO, Mr. Emeka Offor gave the commendation when he was presented the NIPC’s award by the Commission’s FoI Committee.

The Committee had received the award on behalf of the Commission at the National Freedom of Information Awards organised by the European Union, International Press Center and Media Right Agenda on Friday.

Mr Offor further enjoined all departments and units in the Commission to keep their eyes on the ball.

Offor said: “Recognition (such as this) is the highest level of motivation – that amongst all your peers, you are the best.

“You have the support of Management. And it will also be great if [NIPC] can get recognition because of the work we have done in Investment Promotion, Investment Facilitation, Procurement, Policy Advocacy… and win awards as the best investment promotion agency in the world.

“In all, what is expected from us, we can start by winning an award for attracting the highest quantum of investment in Africa”.

Chairman of the NIPC FOI Committee, Mr Sabo Isiaku said that winning the FOI Award was an excellent parting gift for NIPC’s former Executive Sec/CEO, Ms Yewande Sadiku and a good omen for the Acting ES/CEO, Mr Offor.

He further stated that the criteria used to rank Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) was their responsiveness to request for information, of which NIPC came tops for the first time.

Earlier NIPC was adjudged the first position in this year’s rankings after taking the second position consecutively in the last 2 years – 2020 and 2019, moving over 73 places up the ladder in the last 4 years.

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