Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has restated its resolve to eradicate corruption and other forms of economic and financial crime in the country.
Chile Okoroma, director, Legal and Prosecution posited that the fight against corruption was irreversible and therefore called on patriotic Nigerians to support the Commission in fighting the social malaise
“We will not relent until we make the country free from corruption. This is a task that can and must be done. But to win, all hands must be on deck, I therefore called on all Nigerians and lovers of this country to continue to support the EFCC and other anti-corruption organizations in this important battle,” he stated at an event coinciding World Anti-Corruption Day.
“The EFCC has strived relentlessly to check public corruption through vigorous law enforcement activities. This is evidenced by the profile of cases that the Commission has handled and the convictions achieved. In ten years of existence, the EFCC has recorded over a thousand convictions.”
The World Anti-Corruption Day was marked under the theme, “Zero Corruption, 100% Development.”
Ledum Mitee, Chairman of the Inter-Agency Task Team on corruption, said the theme for this year’s event was instructive.
According to him, the debilitating consequences of corruption “walked on all fours.”
“It not only undermines development but it is an enabler for other crimes and abnormalities thereby perpetuating a vicious cycle. It goes without saying that if we are to make significant progress on development issues, corruption must be reduced to the minimum,” Mitee said.
Maryam Sisoko, representative of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) also bemoaned the effect of corruption on the country.
She said the biggest obstacle to any country’s development was corruption.
Agencies represented at the event include the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), the Nigeria Police, the Corporate Affairs Commission, the Bureau of Public Procurement, the Nigerian Customs Service and the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
– CAJ News