Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has urged the public to support the fight against corruption in order to have a better and dignified Nigeria.
The Enugu zonal office of the anti-graft agency made the plea on Monday in an event to mark the international day against corruption with the theme: “zero tolerance to corruption”
Observing the day in Enugu, the EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu represented by Zonal Head, South East Zone, Usman Imam said the United Nations through its office on drugs and crimes and UN development programme observed that massive global corruption especially in developing countries has drastically affected the realization of the development goals and that if nothing is done, even the 2030 sustainable goals might be a mirage.
He said the zone has so far obtained a total of 111 convictions as against 14 convictions in 2018 and has over 230 cases ongoing in various courts across the south east.
Also, the Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Enugu State Chapter, Virginus Nwobodo who condemned corrupt practices in civil service, advised the federal government to speedily implement the new minimum wage, which according to him, poor remuneration is one the agents of corruption.
The Governor of Enugu state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who was the Chief Guest of honour, commended the agency for its efforts in ridding the country of corruption which he described as bedrock of the nation’s ugly condition.
The international day of corruption has its history on december 9, 2013 since the passage of the united nations convention against corruption and ratified by 140 countries including nigeria october 31, 2003 to raise public awareness for anti corruption.
The EFCC was established in 2003, partially in response to pressure from the financial action task force on money laundering, which named Nigeria as one of 23 countries non-cooperative in the international community’s efforts to fight money laundering.