The two major anti- graft agencies in Nigeria, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC are to close rank in their fight against corruption.
Speaking Wednesday, March 6, 2012 as special guest at a workshop on the development of an organizational strategy for the EFCC in Abuja, the ICPC Chair, Mr. Ekpo Nta said his presence was to underline the new spirit of cooperation and collaboration between the agencies.
While congratulating the EFCC Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde on his recent confirmation by the senate, the ICPC helmsman promised a robust collaboration between the EFCC and ICPC. “I am happy to be associated with this synergy. The doors of ICPC is permanently open for collaboration with all our sister agencies, especially the EFCC”, he said.
On his part, the EFCC Chairman, described the war on corruption as a battle that must be won, saying failure is not an option. Mr. Lamorde described the workshop as significant and timely, adding that the Commission needs a new focus. “At the end of the day, something very useful will come out of this. I can assure you that it will be implemented”, he said.
Mr Harrison Ogbole, a member of the board of the EFCC, also believes the workshop will rekindle staff commitment to service delivery.
The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, Mr. Sam Saba commended Justice for All, J4A for the initiative and urged participants to make the most of the opportunity to deepen the fight against corruption in Nigeria.
The workshop is a joint initiative of Justice for All, J4A and the UK Department for International Development, DFID.
It is aimed at fashioning out a new strategic plan for the EFCC which tallies with the vision of the new leadership of the Commission to reposition it for greater efficiency.
Media & Publicity Unit
6th March, 2012.