EFCC to prioritise corruption prevention, says Bawa

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Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, has said the commission will prioritise measures aimed at preventing corruption to save the huge cost of prosecuting corruption cases.

He said other measures undertaken by the agency included the re-launch of the inter-faith dialogue and instilling the culture of integrity among the youth.

Bawa told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in New York, the United States of America (U.S.A), that one of the best means to fight corruption in the country was for Nigerians to have attitudinal change.

The EFCC boss said the commission was exploring Nigeria’s religious strength, adding that Nigerians are unarguably the most religious people on earth.

He said the EFCC had, in 2012, launched the interfaith dialogue, which brought the leadership of Christians and Islam in the country together.

“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.

Bawa also told NAN that the commission was pushing for the establishment of anti-corruption studies in the school curriculum.

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.

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