By Imanuel Jannah
ABUJA – The Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, has taken the lead as the best performing public institution in Nigeria with 28.6% of the total votes cast in an on-going online poll.
The poll which is tagged: Good Performance Poll for Nigerian Public Institutions is organized by African Leadership Magazine.
According to the poll results, Nigerians have faith in INEC’s ability to conduct free, fair and credible elections in the country, following the just-concluded Edo state gubernatorial election which has been adjudged as free and fair, as well as the preparations for the forthcoming Ondo state gubernatorial election.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, which has in the last one year stepped up its efforts in pursuit of its mandate to rid the country of corruption, sits at the second position with 21.4% of the vote casts.
At the third position is the Nigeria Immigration Service, closely trailing the EFCC with 21% of the vote casts, while the Nigeria Communications Commission polled 14.3% as at press time, sitting in the fourth position.
In line with one of the terms of the poll that four of the shortlisted institutions with the least votes will be dropped from the poll every 7 days, the following institutions have already been dropped from the competition: the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria- FAAN, the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency- NDLEA, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency- NPHCDA, and the Nigeria Export Promotion Council- NEPC.
Participators are voting based on any of the following three criteria: Firstly, the public institution that has been accountable and transparent in carrying its mandate in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s posturing of Zero-tolerance for corruption; secondly, the public institution that has been ingenuous and innovative in its processes, systems and procedures, positively delivering on its mandate, as it affects the citizenry; thirdly, the public institution that has in the last one year executed developmental projects or policies that have enhanced the lives of the people of Nigeria.
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By Imanuel Jannah