29 May 2012

Nigeria: Dont Scrap, Merge EFCC With Others - Shettima

The Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, has urged the federal government to structure the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a way that would make its scrapping or merger with any other anti-graft agency unnecessary.

Shettima , who was the host of a 3-day retreat organised for Borno State government political office holders in Maiduguri , Borno State, at the weekend, stressed that Nigeria could only move forward if concerted efforts were made by all Nigerians to shun corrupt practices.

He noted that the existence of the EFCC has brought about self scrutiny, probity, and consciousness among all Nigerians.

The governor urged Nigerians to continue to support the commission by ensuring probity and accountability in the government at all levels.

In his presentation, the EFCC Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, noted that all efforts at developing Nigeria could only yield desirable results if the evils of corruption are frontally tackled. He explained that sustainable development and attainment of objectives of vision 20-20 would be difficult to realise without simultaneously and aggressively tackling corruption and economic crimes.

Lamorde also stated that the fight against corruption, economic and financial crimes was an obligation for every responsible government and citizen.

He advised those in leadership positions to promote the war against corruption by being personally upright and taking bold steps aimed at blocking all avenues for corrupt acts that may exist in all operative systems known to them.

The EFCC boss who was represented by Bukar Abba, EFCC's director of finance reiterated the commission's unflinching determination in restoring citizens' confidence in business practices and governance. He posited that the EFCC would never stop making inquiries and holding public officials accountable.

Borno State deputy governor, Alhaji Zanna Mustapha commended EFCC for its relentless efforts at fighting corruption in the country. He also observed that "corruption is not only about stealing public funds but also about morality and ethics, which must be taught from homes and imbibed from childhood".

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