Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde, has charged management and staff of National Directorate of Employment (NDE) to take up the gauntlet in the fight against economic and financial crimes in the country as the Commission cannot do it alone.
Lamorde who was represented by Osita Nwajah, deputy director, Public Affairs, stated this on Wednesday at the anti-corruption sensitization programme organized by the Commission for staff of NDE in Abuja.
“The essence of this programme is to take the anti-graft campaign to the workplace, and encourage workers to have a buy-in, as the EFCC alone cannot fight and win the war against corruption in Nigeria,” he said.
According to him, the cankerworm of corruption feeds on poverty, ignorance, unemployment and fear of the unknown.
“These are subordinate monsters that the NDE is uniquely placed and empowered to deal with; that is why EFCC considers NDE a key partner in the war against corruption,” he said.
The Chairman further stated that the enlightenment and sensitization programme “gives us a chance to advance our strategic partnership, from the point of the preventive mandate of the EFCC, which blends with the goal of the NDE to build a society of virile, self employed and uniquely empowered citizens”.
Head, Enlightenment and Re-orientation Unit of the Commission, Aisha Larai Musa advised staff of the NDE to be proactive and report anybody suspected to be involved in acts of corruption.
The Director General of the NDE, Mallam Abubakar Mohammed, who was represented by the Director in charge of Rural Employment and Promotion, Kunle Abayomi, commended the Commission for the initiative. He stated that the exercise will serve as a catalyst towards the promotion of transparency and accountability in the work place