Ola Olukoyede, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has urged Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to take the lead in launching robust grassroots initiatives against corruption.
In a statement released by EFCC spokesperson Dele Oyewale in Abuja on Saturday, Olukoyede made this appeal during an interaction between the EFCC and CSOs in Akwa-Ibom, Abia, and Cross River.
Olukoyede emphasized that the fight against corruption requires the support of all national stakeholders, including the general public.
“Do not leave the fight against corruption to the EFCC alone; support the work of CSOs in enlightening the public, especially those at the grassroots level. It’s all about sacrifice,” he urged.
“We at the EFCC want to ensure that things are working. We must all join forces to enable us to win this fight,” he added, while being represented by Bawa Saidu, the Commission’s Uyo Zonal Commander.
Olukoyede also encouraged CSOs to provide the EFCC with relevant intelligence to uncover unethical behavior within society, emphasizing that such assistance is crucial as every Nigerian benefits from the success of the EFCC.
During the event, Mr. Tony Orilade, Head of the Commission’s Public Interface Unit, shared various methods through which the public can contact the EFCC, including accessing the Commission’s website. Orilade highlighted that the public can reach out to the Commission at any time.
Addressing the expected contributions from CSOs, Aisha Mohammed from ASE II stated that the purpose of the engagement was to gather additional ideas on how to effectively combat corruption.
“We need you to be our eyes and ears. We are here to brainstorm on how we can improve our preventive mandate, as we acknowledge that we do not have all the answers. CSOs are our key stakeholders, and we will always consult and collaborate in the best interest of the nation,” she affirmed.