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Whistle blowers lauded for fighting graft

11 March 2015, 21:32

Lagos - Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde, has stressed the need for supportive legislation in the fight against corruption in the region.

He was speaking at a roundtable on whistle-blowing, held at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Secretariat in Abuja.

Apart from putting in place relevant legislation and creating enforcement institutions, communities, interest groups, the media and indeed civil society must be mobilized to fight a scourge that is fast making 50 odd years of independence in Africa, meaningless, he told elegates.

Also read: EFCC arraigns man for defrauding church members N18.4million

The adoption and/or enforcement of policies and mechanism to enhance participation at all levels in the governance process, is a major milestone in the journey towards reducing the malaise of corruption in West Africa.

Meanwhile, Lamorde noted the vital role of whistleblowers in ridding the country of economic and financial crimes.

He said EFCC could not have managed to secure 465 convictions from 2010-2014 without the important roles played by whistle blowers.

Member institutions of the Network of Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa organized the conference in Abuja.


- CAJ News


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