Saturday, April 19, 2014

Anti-corruption agencies to join forces against corruption

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 The anti-graft agencies in Nigeria will together pull resources in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde, on Tuesday said anti-corruption agencies in Nigeria will join forces to combat the fight against economic and financial crimes in the country.

Mr. Lamorde said the inter-agency collaboration will push the anti-graft war to the next level.

He made the disclosure when heads of anti-corruption agencies met with Justice for All, J4A, a United Kingdom, funded agency that collaborates with the government of Nigeria on judicial reforms and fight against corruption.

The meeting took place at the EFCC head office and the contingents from all anti-corruption agencies discussed the way forward in the fight against economic and financial crimes in the country.

The agencies that will collaborate with the EFCC include the Independent and Corrupt Practice and other Related Commission, ICPC, led by its acting Chairman, Ekpo Nta; and the Code of Conduct Bureau led by the chairman, Sam Saba. All three agencies were at the meeting with the J4A at the EFCC head office.

Mr. Lamorde asked the J4A to design a program which will extend beyond the head of the anti –graft agencies to the operatives who do the job.

“Joint operation which should involve all the anti-corruption agencies is a useful forum to share ideas, to see how to move the fight against corruption forward”, he said.

Meanwhile, Bob Arnot, National Programme Manager, J4A, disclosed that a substantial part of the planned budget which is between thirty five to fifty million pounds in the next four months will go into the operations of the anti-corruption agencies.

“Our programme originally will start from a range of thirty five to fifty million pounds; probably before Christmas. One of the areas that we are particularly looking into is the anti-corruption agencies. We are thinking about doubling the budget for that area. We are looking at an interventionist programme before Christmas”, Mr. Arnot said.

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