Abuja – The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde, has called on women across the country to embrace the fight against corruption.
He made the call during an an awareness workshop the Commission, in collaboration with African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), organised in Abuja for women civil society and community based groups.
Lamorde, represented by David Tukura, Director Planning, Policy and Statistics, said the workshop was organised to encourage women to "take ownership" of the war against corruption.
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“The Commission is convinced that the power to change the destiny of our nation as one blighted by deep-rooted corruption, lies in the hands of every individual especially women.”
The EFCC executive described corruption as a scourge that undermined human development.
“Corruption reduces public revenue, often resulting in lower levels of spending on education, healthcare and other social services that directly impact women more than other groups in the society,” he said.
Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa, an independent consultant and former Director of Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution said women play an important role in reshaping the society.
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She stressed the need for women to be mainstreamed into the anti-economic and financial crimes sector to make them more effective.
“The role of women in anti-corruption war needs to be proactive and is not all about arrest, women have a big role in truncating crime, catching them young, teaching the young ones that a good name is better than gold and silver,” she said.
She called for collaboration between the EFCC and National Orientation Agency in disseminating information on corruption and reorienting the society.
Executive Director, African Centre for Leadership and Development, Otive Igbuzor, called for a paradigm shift in the manner corruption was tackled.
- CAJ News