EFCC Was Created To Reposition Nigeria – Danmusa
Officers of Enugu, South East Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have been called to see their job as critical in repositioning not only the Commission but the country positively.
In this regards, they are urged not only to put in their best but also appreciate the expectations of their families, the Commission, government and the Nigerian public in seeing a Nigeria where corruption would be a thing of the past.
The call was made on Thursday, February 8, 2018 by the Zonal Head of the Commission, Adamu Hamisu while declaring open a one-day Public Relations and Information Management lecture organized by the Public Affairs Department of the Commission at the Enugu office.
His words, “The need for this kind of lecture cannot be over-emphasized because knowledge is dynamic and we need to always be informed on what is expected of us and how to put these into practical use.”
Danmusa who said the lecture was part of the zonal Action Plan for the year, said management needs to look into issue of indiscipline which he noted was gradually becoming common place among staff.
Delivering the first lecture titled , ‘Handling Official Information: Need for Circumspection’ Head, Media Academy Unit of the Public Affairs Directorate of the Commission, Chidinma Amanambu told staff to be conscious of how they handle official information especially in dealing with suspects and family members.
She stressed that the Staff Regulations Handbook, in Section 77 (a) was clear on Media Relation Policy of the Commission wherein it stated that “In order to ensure proper information management of the Commission’s activities, employees are not allowed to grant interviews to the media or the public without the prior approval of the management.
Issues concerning news/ media relations are to be coordinated by the Media and Publicity Unit of the Public Affairs Directorate of the Commission.”
Amanambu who reminded the staff to always remember their allegiance to the Official Secret Act said whatever they do should be driven by love for country and the need to always maintain a high level of integrity and dignity .
“At the end of it all, what matters is the reputation of the Commission and this is dependent on your decision to base all your actions on core values of the Commission rather than on your personal convenience.”
In another lecture delivered by the zonal Head of Public Affairs Department, Chris Oluka, titled “The Role of Public Relations in the Fight Against Economic and Financial Crimes”, staff especially operatives, were urged to see their relationships with suspects, their lawyers or relatives and indeed the general public as an avenue of promoting the image of the Commission.
“In dealing with any one set of the publics, whether external or internal, we should be mindful of the effect we have on these people which generally rubs off on the image and reputation of the Commission”.
He told his audience that personal responsibility is key in winning the war against economic and financial crimes and that it covers responsibilities to themselves, their families, the management, fellow staff and Nigerians.
“To me, personal responsibility is the acknowledgment of an individual to take credit or blame for action or inaction in respect of his duty for his personal good or that of the good of the organization”.
“For us here, we are talking about our roles as staff and responsibilities to our different publics or stakeholders for the betterment of EFCC”. He said.
The lecture which is the first of its kind for the year and at the zonal level, had in attendance staff from various departments, units and sections.
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