The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has expressed its readiness to partner with the Ondo State government on Grassroot enlightenment against corruption.
The anti graft agency said it will partner with the state government to sponsoring programmes that will expose the people to the ills of encouraging corruption in the society.
The EFCC Zonal Head in charge of Ondo, Edo and Delta states, Mr. Mallafia Yakubu stated this on Tuesday while paying a courtesy visit to the Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, at Alagbaka, Akure, the state capital.
He noted that corruption has eaten deep into country, adding that the cankerworm was responsible for the underdevelopment and employment in the country.
He said “it is evidently clear that Ondo State people are peace loving people. Also, we in the EFCC are also peace loving people.
“Our aim is to get rid of financial crime activities. The commission cannot do it alone. We must be united to fight this war.
“No doubt corruption has eaten deep into the fabric of this country and which has resulted into undervelopment.
“I will solicit for the government to sponsor programmes that will help in enlightening the people at the grassroot on the effects of corruption”.
In his response, Akeredolu said the EFCC under the President Muhammadu Buhari led government has recorded success more than previous governments.
The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Hon. Agboola Ajayi, said “irrespective of whatever anyone may say, the commission has recorded tremendous achievements in waging war against corruption.
” To fight corruption is more difficult than the fight against Boko Haram in the northern part of the country.
“With the record of billions recovered by the commission in the country, it means God is still with the country.
“With the level of massive loots that this country has witnessed in the past, I believe there is hope for the country to get to the greater height.
The governor appealed to the National Assembly to find a lasting solution to resolving the lingering issue of confirming the appointment of the EFCC boss, Mr. lbrahim Magu as the chairman of the commission for the benefit of masses in the country.
He called for the need to concentrate on the anti-graft agency than on individual, adding that corruption kills more than HIV.
While commending the commission for its achievements in the last two years, he told the team to also extends its offices to states as it had zonal offices in the country.
This, he said will enable the commission to recruit staff with apparatus to aid the commission to fight corruption at the state and local governments levels.
He informed that the present government in the state is transparent as it is having it right in managing the little resources at its disposal.