EFCC Committed to Good Governance and Fighting Corruption, Says Chairman

By Milcah Tanimu

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede, has declared the Commission’s commitment to providing Nigerians with a taste of good governance. During a courtesy visit by the Special Envoy for West Africa, Charles Omini, at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday, Olukoyede emphasized the EFCC’s relentless efforts to eradicate economic and financial crimes.

Olukoyede revealed that the Commission received 14,000 petitions from the public over the past year. He stressed that the EFCC’s mission is to ensure Nigerians experience good governance by tackling corruption and mismanagement of resources.

“We are passionate about giving Nigerians a taste of good governance for once in their lifetime,” Olukoyede said. “In the last year, we have received over fourteen thousand credible petitions. Nigerians have no business being poor if we manage our resources and are accountable. If we do the right things, we should be at par with America.”

Highlighting Nigeria’s abundant natural and mineral resources, Olukoyede pointed out that effective management could elevate the country to the level of advanced nations. He cited examples of other countries like Singapore and Hong Kong that overcame similar challenges through determined efforts and collaboration.

“The war against corruption is winnable,” he stated. “Our associates in Singapore and Hong Kong told us they used to be worse than Nigeria, but we have reached a point where everyone needs to come back to the discussion table and do the right thing.”

Olukoyede called for a collective effort to combat corruption, stressing that it robs Nigerians of their rights to a good life and effective governance. He urged the Special Envoy to enhance the anti-corruption campaign, emphasizing the importance of collective awareness and collaboration beyond the EFCC.

“The forest alone can put us in the class of advanced countries. There is no region in Nigeria that does not have tourist attractions,” he noted. “If all of us can come together, we will overwhelm the corrupt elements.”

Olukoyede concluded by highlighting the necessity for everyone to recognize the detrimental impact of corruption and work together to restore integrity and accountability in Nigeria.


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