RITA is an acronym for responsibility, Integrity, Transparency and Accountability, a socio – philosophical ideology aimed at changing the behavioral attitude of the citizen of Nigeria.
RITA is a statement of ethical Principles by the Solomon Iyobosa Edebiri Centre for change (SIECC ) to promote the practice of excellence in individual behavior and consequently influence public behavior. This enhances national capabilities.
SIECC believes that for a nation to succeed every person must exceed their expectation in their various areas o service. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you work. SIECC expects of our society that we can all be proud of.
The thrust for SIECC is for individuals to recognize and meet their responsibilities, identifying good practice, promoting leadership development that becomes strategic leverage of change.
SIECC’s statement of ethical principles aspire members and citizens to standards that are compatible with the best in the world. Emphasis on its four cardinal values of Responsibility, Integrity, Transparency and Accountability allows SIECC to “Treat citizens as subjects and not as Objects”.
Moving a people towards compliance and moving a people towards real commitment to an ideal require two different approaches.
Compliance and commitment are two phenomena at different ends of the same spectrum of Nation Building.
Compliance can be imagined, commitment is an orientation.
RITA allows the articulation of SIECC’s national orientation.
Is an ethical ideology or theory that an entity, be it an organization or individual, has an obligation to act to benefit society at large. This responsibility can be passive, by avoiding engaging in socially harmful acts or active, by performing activities that directly advance social goals.
Is a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures principles, expectation and outcomes. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the quality of having an intuitive sense of honesty and truthfulness in regard to the motivations for one’s actions. Integrity can be regarded as the opposite of hypocrisy, in that it regards internal consistency as a virtue, and suggests that parties holding apparently conflicting values should account for the discrepancy or alter their beliefs.
Is a general quality. It is implemented by a set of policies, practice and procedures that allow citizens to have accessibility, usability, informativeness, understanding and auditability of information and process held by centers of authority (society or organization). Feedback mechanisms are necessary to fulfill the goal of transparency.
Is a concept in ethics and governance with several meanings. It is often used synonymously with such concepts as responsibility, answerability, blameworthiness, liability, and other terms associated with the expectation of account giving. As an aspect of governance, it has been central to discussions related to problems in the public sector, nonprofit and private (Corporate) worlds. In leadership roles, accountability is the acknowledgement and assumption of responsibility for actions, products, decisions, and policies including the administration, governance and implementation within the scope of the role or employment position and encompassing the obligation to report, explain and be answerable for resulting consequences. If every Nigerian (or 70%) is to imbibe the above mentioned`) is to imbibe the above mentioned qualities, we believe that this will go a long way in bringing about the positive change we so desperately desire as a nation.
Social responsibility requires that we do what is expected of us as citizens of this great Nation. Simple things like not running red lights, littering, teaching our children moral values, voting, encouraging dialogue. Issues of corruption seem to be more complex but can still be greatly reduced when we weave the threads of Responsibility, Integrity, Transparency and Accountability (RITA) into our national fabric.
RITA seeks to encourage Nigerians to be the change they want to see in our country, to get it right in their lives, in their families, in their businesses and work place. Then we‘ll get it right as a nation.
Change always comes from the people. We owe it to our country Nigeria, if we genuinely called it our own, to show a greater sense of ownership and patriotism. To do all in our strength to help it attain the greatness it is destined for and consequently creates better today and future for us all.