EFCC Embarks On Road Walk To Mark African Anti-Corruption Day

EFCC Head Makurdi zonal office, Mr Johnson Babalola, speaks during a road walk to mark the African Anti-Corruption Day on Thursday, July 11, 2019.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is commemorating the 2019 African Anti-Corruption rally across states today with a promise to intensify its fight against graft.

EFCC officials and members of the civil society in Kwara state have decided to walk the streets of Ilorin, the state capital.

They also sensitised the people on the effectiveness of the anti-corruption agency and the need for everyone to join in the fight.

Similarly, in Benue State, the Head Makurdi zonal office of the commission, Mr Johnson Babalola, said over N50 billion dollars is lost from the African continent annually, with Nigeria accounting for the highest amount.

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“It has been estimated that at least $50bn is being siphoned out of Africa on a yearly basis through illicit financial flow and a trunk of this comes from Nigeria.

“So, there is a need for us to sensitise our people. If you see something, say something. These assets are scattered all over Nigeria, they are scattered all over the world,” he said.

He also appealed to Nigerians to always remember that, if they keep quiet over acts of corruption, they are waving their rights to quality education, health care services, and other key public infrastructure.

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Nigeria Taking Different Approach In Fight Against Corruption – Okupe

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Doyin Okupe said the government would continue to put strategies in place that would check corruption.

The Nigerian government says it is taking a different approach in the fight against corruption, which is yielding results.

A spokesman for President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, told Channels Television on Tuesday that the administration of President Jonathan was committed to reducing the rate of corruption in Nigeria by checking every avenue that the government was losing money.

It is another Anti-corruption Day and Nigeria has joined the rest of the world in the celebration. It has presented another chance for Nigerians to assess the steps that have been taken to check the global phenomenon.

The recent ranking by Transparency International corruption survey which puts Nigeria at the 136th position down from 144 in 2013 has drawn different reactions.

The presidency, however, said the ranking was heart-warming as it validated the administration’s efforts to check the threat posed by corruption.

Corruption is said to be one factor that has continued to slow Nigeria’s development, a challenge the country has always appeared unable to confront.

The theme for this year’s international anti-corruption day, is “Breaking the Corruption Chain”.