Fighting Corruption Has Become A National Project – EFCC
Zonal Head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Ishaq Salihu, has charged Nigerians from all walks of life to accept the fight against corruption as a national project needing the support and cooperation of all.
He gave this charge on Monday, December 11, 2017 in Port Harcourt, while addressing artisans, market men and women and other interest groups at the Mile One Market area of the city.
According to him, fighting corruption has become a civic responsibility of every well- meaning Nigerian in order for the nation to move forward. “We must come together to tackle the cancer of corruption. Fighting corrupt practices has become a national project. It is now a civic responsibility and an engagement that cannot be wished away.
He continued, “there is a nexus between corruption and infrastructural problems in Nigeria. There is a nexus between corruption and bad roads; between corruption and non- functional hospitals and other institutions that are not working well. If we come together to tackle this monster, Nigeria will move forward faster than we can imagine”, he said.
Salihu explained to the crowd that the Road Walk organized by the EFCC was in commemoration of the United Nation’s World Anti- Corruption Day and reiterated the commitments of the EFCC to the anti- graft war.
“We are moving forward. The EFCC has shown that every act of corruption can never go un- punished. Money is being recovered and assets are being forfeited to the government. I want to encourage you to be more forth coming with information. The Whistle- Blowing Act has lots of benefits to informants. You can work with us as you furnish us with credible information about criminal elements around you”, he said.
The Road Walk took off from the EFCC’s office in the old Government Reservation Area, G.R.A, Port Harcourt and milled through the Mile One bridge and terminated at the popular Mile One market in the city.
Amidst singing, trumpeting and dancing, members of different Civil Society Groups, Youth Corp members, artisans, passers-by and staff of the EFCC painted the city red with anti- corruption messages. Some of the placards carried read messages such as: ” We Must Kill Corruption”, “Together, We Can Tackle Corruption”, “Shun Corruption” among others.
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