By Soni Daniel
Abuja: The acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has given assurance of the Commission’s commitment to tackling corruption in Nigeria.
He said the anti-corruption fight embarked upon by the Muhammadu Buhari-led government is total and geared towards bringing the nation’s economy back on a sound footing.
Magu made this disclosure on Tuesday while hosting a team of participants of the National Management Course, NMC, of the Pakistani National School of Policy, NSP, at the Commission’s Head Office, Abuja.
According to him, the EFCC under his watch had upped the ante in the fight against graft with remarkable success.
“We have achieved a lot in terms of recovery of looted funds and properties in the past eleven months more than was achieved in the last twelve years of the existence of the Commission.
We have had many challenges but for me, my main motivation is the political goodwill we enjoy. My men are determined and committed to work. Most importantly, the government is also ever ready to support us”, Magu said.
The anti corruption czar, expressed delight over the visit saying, “we are encouraged that you deemed it fit to visit us while studying here in Nigeria.”
The EFCC boss also went further to give a brief history of the Commission, an overview on its activities, successes and challenges.
He said, “in order to check corruption among staff, the Commission created a Department Of Internal Affairs, DIA, charged with the responsibility of vetting intending staff, investigating staff, receiving petitions from the public concerning staff and making sure all members of the staff are men of integrity.”
Irum Bukhari, a directing staff at the NSP who led the 8-man delegation, thanked the EFCC boss for making out time to receive them saying, ”we are here because we are interested in learning from the EFCC.
We want to know your composition, your success stories, the laws that govern your activities as we are also striving very much in our country to fight corruption,
extremism and terrorism.”
Bukhari expained that, the delegation comprised top civil servants who had served the Pakistani government for many years and were “here to study and improve themselves in other to handle key positions in the decision making of our country”.
She expressed optimism that the visit would further strengthen the bilateral relationship of both countries.