The Kano Operational zone of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission today September 12, 2018 hosted the delegation of Centre for Awareness on Justice and Accountability (CAJA) and Movement Against Corruption in Tertiary Institution (MACTI) who visited the Commission’s zonal office on a courtesy visit.
The visit which was for the purpose of strengthening the relationship between the Commission and outside stakeholders was to sustain the current fight against corruption. “ It is clear that the rate at which corruption thrives in Nigeria is alarming and thereby causing great damage to the progress of the country. Individual stakeholders like you are doing their best to defeat the menace but the corruption itself seems to be fighting back, and this necessitates the coming together of various stakeholders to join hands and fight it in a more energetic manner”, said chairman of CAJA, Kabiru Saidu Dakata.
The NGO chair also informed the Zonal Head that his organisation is planning to form a state Anti-corruption forum to be situated in Kano in which they urged the Commission to be part of.
EFCC Zonal Head, Garba Dugum, after appreciating the NGOs for their visit highlighted that such collaboration as pointed by the CAJA is what the Commission craves at this time because the agency alone cannot fight corruption, there is a need for synergy with the public especially the NGOs if the fight against corruption is to be won.
According to Dugum, every citizen needs to have a sense of belonging in the activities of the country and how it is being governed. He also attributed the emergence of Boko Haram and other radical groups in the country to corruption and its vices. He said if there is justice in the system no such groups would have existed in the first place.
He further expressed discomfort about how corruption destroyed the education sector which left majority of the populace uneducated and ignorant to know how the corrupt elite are killing the country.He however advised the NGOs to educate people to follow their religious teachings on corruption as every religion prohibits corruption.