Lagos - Anti-corruption advocates have called for concerted efforts to rid the country of the problem.
The stakeholders, in two-day meeting just ended in Abuja, said the war against corruption should not be left only in the hands of anti-graft agencies.
Pioneering Secretary of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Emmanuel Akomaye, called for greater government involvement.
“The political will and commitment of government and the leaders, to fight corruption has always been a question raised by many, but that is only one aspect of the country’s readiness to rid our society of corruption,” he said.
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Akomaye said the media, members of the private sector and the public at large must equally commit to support anti-corruption initiatives.
EFCC Head of the Intelligence and Special Operations Section (ISOS), Abdul Suleiman, reiterated the commitment of the agency to fight corruption with renewed vigour.
“Corruption means more than public officers taking bribes and gratification, committing fraud and stealing funds and assets entrusted in their care.
It means the deliberate violations, for gainful ends, of standards of conduct, or ethics, established in private and public affairs to cause wrongful loss to the society and wrongful gains to people in position of trust,” Suleiman added.
Head of Transparency and Anti-Corruption Initiatives of the United Nations Global Compact, Olajobi Makinwa, said it was important private companies and businesses put in place anti-corruption policies as part of their contribution to the fight against the vice.
“Every company must commit to fighting corruption, and this can be done by ensuring that risk assessments of various sectors are carried out, with the aim of helping to put in place necessary policies to check corruption,” said Makinwa.
- CAJ News