Nta, who has now been moved to the National Wages and Salaries Commission, handed over to Alhaji Abdullahi Bako, a board member who will be acting pending the assumption of duty by the Chairman designate, who is awaiting Senate confirmation.
At the event, Nta boasted that he had given the commission a face and name, having come into the agency at a time it had serious identity crisis as to whether it was a law enforcement or civil service organisation, coupled with the fact that its premises had a seemingly abandoned look in terms of how dilapidated the physical structure was.
He revealed that though the situation dampened his enthusiasm, it also spurred him into picking up the challenge of not leaving the commission the way he had found it.
The former chairman listed the investigation and prosecution of corruption cases, introduction of preventive measures to check corruption in MDAs and increase publicity for its operations as his achievements while in office.
Nta also listed the publishing of three volumes of ICPC law reports, improving its staff clinic to cater for the health of suspects in its custody and securing the support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes as his other achievements.
In his response, the Acting Chairman, Alhaji Bako, acknowledged that Mr. Nta had done a lot to project a positive image for the commission, making it possible for him to be to be the first African to be appointed a Board Member of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), Vienna, Austria.
Alhaji Bako pleaded for the support of the management within the period he would act as Chairman while urging all staff to continue to be disciplined, and build on what they had learnt from the out-gone Chairman by striving for excellence.
Mr. Ekpo Nta was appointed Acting Chairman, ICPC by former President Goodluck Jonathan at the swearing-in ceremony of the Commission’s Board Members in November, 2011 before he became the substantive Chairman in 2012 for a period of five years.
The Acting Chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Bako, a current 2-term Member of the ICPC Board, is a lawyer, Notary Public and Fellow of Charted Institute of Arbitration.
The Acting Chairman, who represents the North–East geopolitical zone, was first appointed a Board Member of the Commission in 2009 and the appointment was renewed for a second term in 2014.