The Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), AbdulRasheed Bawa, has said that the commission will prioritise and implement measures targeted at preventing corruption in order to save the enormous cost of prosecuting corruption cases.
He said this on Sunday, in New York, U.S.A, where he stated that some of the measures agreed on by the commission includes the re-launch of the inter-faith dialogue and the instillation of culture and integrity among the youths.
He stressed that one of the best means to tackle corruption in the country was for Nigerians to have attitudinal change, adding that the EFCC was exploring Nigeria’s religious strength as Nigerians are undeniably the most religious people in the world.
According to him, the EFCC had launched the interfaith dialogue in 2012, which brought the leadership of Christians and Islam in the country together. In a move to promote anti-corruption studies, the EFCC boss said the commission had established integrity clubs in schools and at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camps to instill the culture of integrity in the youth.
The EFCC boss further said the EFCC had begun the process of carrying out fraud risk assessment on Federal Government agencies as part of efforts to tackle corruption in the country.
“We developed a manual that we intend to give to these faith-based institutions to give to their followers and will also discuss the need to partner with the EFCC.
“We are working towards the second edition. Already, the leaders of these institutions have been incorporated and they are working towards re-launching it and ensuring the implementation of the manual.
“We want to tap on our religious strength in Nigeria because corruption can be checkmated with a change in attitude” he said.
“We have anti-corruption clubs in some tertiary institutions and we are trying to push at the national level to include anti-corruption study in students’ curriculum.
“The trend around the world is to include anti-corruption in schools’ curricula to be able to catch them young in terms of their understanding.
“By and large, when you look at the issue of corruption, it is about loving your country; it is about patriotism, about doing the right thing. This, to me, will make Nigeria better
“The idea is for us to advise government on vulnerability of those agencies to fraud and corruption.
“We have already engaged the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources. They are willing to partner with us towards carrying fraud risk assessment on all the corporations under the ministry.
“Some of our brothers and sisters are involved in cybercrimes. It is terribly tarnishing our image back home.
“They (Diasporas) should talk to one another to desist from doing that,” he said.