The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday solicited the support of different trade unions and the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to facilitate mass education against corruption.
The South-East Zonal Head of the commission, Usman Imam, solicited the support at the 3rd African Anti-corruption Day celebration in Enugu.
Imam said that the effect of corruption had become hydra headed that CSOs, professional bodies, trade unions and others were needed to be fully involved in the fight against it.
He said that the EFCC was committed to winning the corruption war no matter how long it took, adding that to do that “Nigerians needed to join in the fight.
According to Imam; “Until Nigerians are determined to expose and hold public officials accountable for their stewardship and not see the fight from ethnic, political or religious perspectives, the war might never be won.”
The EFCC Zonal Head said that the Federal Government had particularly made the fight against corruption and the recovery of stolen assets a key agenda for its administration which has translated to significant recoveries of public funds.
He said that the African Anti-corruption Day had its roots on series of events leading to an African Union Convention on Prevention and Combating Corruption adopted in Maputo, Mozambique on July 11, 2003.
He added said that the objective of the event was to bring together all relevant anti-corruption stakeholders to reflect on the challenges of asset recovery in Africa which will be used to also solicit contributions and support toward a framework for an African Common Position on Asset Recovery.