Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa has called on students across the country to demonstrate more interests and involvement in the fight against economic and financial crimes.
He made the call on Monday, June 6, 2022 when students of Doveland High School visited the corporate headquarters of the EFCC on an excursion.
The Chairman, who spoke through the Director, Public Affairs Department of the Commission, Osita Nwajah stated that active engagements of students in the fight against economic and financial crimes is the only way ideas, information, insights and challenges involved in the fight can be communicated to the Commission and by so doing, greater progress can be made.
“You are the mirror that will tell us how we are, how we are performing and all. We really appreciate the fact that you are taking out your time to come to the EFCC, because it is a shared experience between us and you. Keep on giving us the necessary information and feedback from your own view, and from where you are looking at us, what is it that you are seeing from the EFCC? What is it that you want EFCC to be and what is it that you want EFCC to do? Tell us and we will incorporate that into our operations and activities and we will use that idea to build the Nigeria that we want.”
Continuing, Bawa stressed the need for collaboration in the fight, explaining that, “we need this collaboration for the Commission to take the country to where all of us want Nigeria to be. A Nigeria that works for everybody, a Nigeria that works for you and me, so we want a Nigeria that works for everybody and we are very satisfied that you have agreed to work with us”.
In the same manner, a Chief Superintendent of the EFCC, CSE Alvan Gurumnaan called on the students to show more dedication and carry the anti-corruption fight beyond the school environment. “ You must fight corruption in your homes, in your schools, in your churches and mosques,”, he said.
Deputy Director, Creative Engagements, Nwanyima Ekeanu, lamented the prevalence of corruption in the society, pointing out that, “corruption has so depleted Nigeria that other forms of crime is taking a back stage. Nigeria is such a blessed nation but what do we get?. You are the future leaders of tomorrow, champion the cause of this fight because it is going to be to your own benefit. The call is for us at all time to stand for what is right, even if everyone around you says no.”
Oghenekevwe Omonigho, Head of Administration of the school, thanked the EFCC for the opportunity to visit the Commission. He promised that the students will reflect what they learnt in their daily endeavours.