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UN anti-graft agency commends EFCC

10 April 2014, 13:05

Abuja-  Members of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) Peer Review have commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for its efforts in fighting corruption in Nigeria.

The team which was led to the Commission’s Headquarters by Emmanuel Akomaye, the UNCAC national focal person for the peer review process, praised the anti-graft agency as they rounded off a three-day working visit to the country.

A member of the team, Samuel de Jaegro, the anti-corruption coordinator for Central and West Africa based in Dakar, Senegal, observed that the Commission had been doing an "excellent job."

He commended the agency’s training facilities at its academy located in Karu, a suburb of Abuja.

The official said the facility was of immense benefit for training of staff of anti-corruption organisations.  

Akomaye stated that the essence of the peer review, which is in consonance with the agreement reached a few years ago in Doha, Qatar, was to afford signatories to the UNCAC the opportunity of self-assessment to determine progress with the implementation of various articles and areas where improvements were needed.

“The review is not ranking, it is an exercise to help nations see where they are with regards to compliance and where they can be helped,” he stated.

EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, expressed hope that the report of the review process would enable the commission and come up with the necessary recommendations that would help EFCC deal with corruption in the country.

– CAJ News

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