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EFCC tasks CSOs on Anti-corruption Crusade At Grassroots

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By: Samuel ADEYINKA

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ola Olukoyede has charged civil society organisations, in the South East collaborate with the Commission especially in spreading  anti-corruption messages at the grassroots.

He made call in an interactive session with CSOs, immediately after the commissioning of the new structure of the Command.at the Enugu Zonal Command, Enugu State.

A Statement by the Head, Media and Publicity of the Commission,Mr Dele Oyewale says the Chairman,who spoke through the Secretary to the Commission, Muhammad Hammajoda said “the EFCC could not achieve its mandate of ridding the country of economic and financial crimes alone, hence the need for Civil Society Organisations to join the battle against Corruption especially at the rural levels.

“we need you the CSOs who are our major stakeholders to put in your energy, time and other resources to support us in this fight against corruption.”

Mr. Olukoyede said every effort must be made to tackle what he described as menace to Economy, advised other stakeholders to educate people at the grassroots on negative effects of Corruption.

“Please, we have to do this work together. The menace is just like cancer and we should fight it with all our strength. You are our eyes and ears in the public, you are our whistle blowers. Help us spread the anti-corruption message to the grassroots so that we can effectively fight corruption and win together,” he said.

Responding, Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association, NBA,  Enugu chapter, Chief C.N.N Nwagbara, commended Olukoyede for recognising the roles of the CSOs in the fight against corruption and pledged total support of the Association  to the Commission in achieving its mandate.