EFCC calls for public collaboration to fight corruption

Acheme Jack, Kano

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The Economic and Financial crimes Commission, EFCC,  the anti-graft agency in Nigeria has call for public collaboration to help fight corruption in Nigeria.

The Chairman of the commission Ibrahim Magu made the call at the ongoing third National Treasury Workshop with the theme “Accountability and Transparency as catalyst to Economic Recovery: the Role of the Treasury and other Stakeholders’‘ being held in Kano state north western Nigeria.

He said the collaboration apart from the whistle blowing policy of the agency could go down to parents teaching their wards at home, the ills of corruption and the reason they must shun it.

“We must all join hands in teaching even the small child before going to school that corruption is bad,” he stressed.

Magu urged the populace to shun and report any form of sharp practices to the anti graft agency for prompt action as the EFCC cannot do it alone.

He attributed the spate of Banditry, Kidnapping and other crimes ravaging the country to acts of corruption.

He urged participants at the workshop to report corruption and not block it, while encouraging them to increase accountability, integrity and honesty in their daily work to create safety net for future generation.

The Emir of Kano, Muhammodu Sanusi 11 urged the participants to use their offices to correct ills of corruption and equally advice and guide their superior offices to ensure a favorable economic and accounting climate.

He decried “the subsidy regime on petroleum and electricity tariff in the country as the payments becloud expenditure on Health, Infrastructure and education among others.”

He said the attention on subsidy has led to wrong balance sheet of the economy in the last 30 years and something needs to be done about it by the federal government.

The Accountant General of the Federation Ahmed Idris said the Workshop will stimulate thoughts about diversification of the economy to aid the dwindling oil economy as well promote accountability and probity in the public sector.

Kano state governor Dr. Umar Ganduje called on the participants to imbibe transparency in their duty as the crave for transparency led the state into adopting the single treasury account after it was adopted by the federal government and has helped in blocking leakages tremendously in the state.

The workshop which brought together staff of the offices of Accountant Generals across the states of the federation began on Monday will end on Thursday with presentations made by treasury management experts.

Ime Njoku