Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mohammed Umar Abba, has called for the deepening of cooperation among anti-corruption agencies in the country towards improved outcomes in the fight against corruption.


Abba made the call yesterday in a webinar hosted by the Inter-Agency Task Team of anti-corruption agencies in the country to mark this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day, Themed ‘United Against Corruption: Recover with Integrity.’


The EFCC boss in his goodwill message at the occasion noted that the continuous evolution of new economic and financial crimes and the insatiable appetite for corruption in both the private and public spheres call for more unity of purpose and cooperation among the nation’s anti-graft agencies in the pursuit of the goals of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy.


“There is no gainsaying that the situation calls for us to unite with a common purpose, deepen our cooperation and recommit to implementing the broad goals of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy in our respective agencies,” he said, adding that the EFCC had prioritized domestic cooperation “as an effective tool to winning the war against corruption and will continue to support any initiative that promotes collaboration.”


He called on anti-corruption agencies in the country to use this year’s occasion to review the country’s anti-corruption efforts, policies, and laws towards charting a collective new course in the direction of a more effective and inclusive multi-stakeholders cooperation and actions on the anti-corruption war.


While noting that this year has been specially challenging and the International Anti-Corruption Day, different due to the effects of the Covid-19 global pandemic, Abba observed that the EFCC was able to ride the storms, achieving over 700 convictions.


As part of the activities to mark this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day, the Inter-Agency Task Team, IATT, organized a poetry competition for 11 secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, in which Akorede Sani from Battle Axe Academy came tops in the junior category, while Oluwatosin Ogbasanya from Glistin International Academy, emerged the winner in the senior category.


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