Corruption: We’ll do internal cleansing of Tinubu’s govt before facing corporate bodies – EFCC chair

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EFCC Chairman, Ola Olukoyede

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede, has said that the commission will devote more attention to internal cleansing of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) before beaming its searchlight on corporate bodies in the country.

According to an EFCC statement, Olukoyede disclosed this while receiving a delegation of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN) led by its Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Rabiu Olowo at the EFCC Headquarters in Abuja on Monday.

Rabiu Olowo and Ola Olukoyede
Olowo and Olukoyede

He said that financial discipline and integrity are key to the stimulation of economic growth and development in the country.

He particularly challenged MDAs to improve on their financial reporting, pointing out that the commission will devote more attention to their internal cleansing.

“By virtue of the financial investigations we are doing, we discover a lot of malpractices in financial reporting, particularly in the MDAs, so we are starting with internal cleansing before we move to corporate bodies,” he said.

He stressed that the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu was serious about moving the country forward and all appointees of the government must demonstrate more responsibility and integrity in carrying out their assignments.

“We believe the government of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is very serious. By the virtue of the appointment he has been making, he will move this country forward,” Olukoyede said.

The EFCC boss assured Olowo of improved collaboration and synergy, maintaining that several mutual grounds can be covered by the two agencies.

“You as a regulator of accounting standards and also we as a law enforcement agency, we will be doing a lot of great work in order to move this country forward,” he said.

Olukoyede added, “Yes, there is no doubt that we need to work together; we need to synergize and for once be more serious in fighting corruption in this country.

“The work of fighting corruption is not just for the EFCC alone, let us stop deceiving ourselves and join hands with the EFCC to make Nigeria great.”

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