Members of the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes have offered to support the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFFC) under the leadership of Abdulrasheed Bawa to achieve its mandate of ridding Nigeria of corruption.
The Honorable Ibrahim Abdullahi Dutse-led Committee made the pledge on June 15, 2021 at a meeting with the EFCC boss at the National Assembly, Abuja.
The meeting, which coincided with the first one hundred days of Bawa as EFCC Chairman, offered him the opportunity to brief members of the Committee on his vision for the EFCC as well as some of the reforms initiated by him with the aim of improving the efficiency of the agency.
To this end, he disclosed that the Commission had stepped up its prevention efforts with the resuscitation of the interfaith anti-corruption committee comprising Muslim and Christian clerics charged with the mandate of delivering a preaching and teaching manual for adherents of both faiths.
On the restructuring of the Commission, he said new directorates have been created while others were upgraded to improve overall efficiency. One of the newly created directorates, according to him, is the directorate of intelligence which is now the fulcrum of intelligence-led investigative activities of the Commission.
Additionally, Bawa told the lawmakers that the Commission is poised to improve the capacity of its personnel through training.
Responding to a question by a lawmaker, the EFCC boss promised to look into the possibility of organizing training programmes for the lawmakers to keep them abreast of the workings of the Commission, upon the completion of the ongoing renovation work at the EFCC Academy.
The EFCC boss concluded by thanking the lawmakers for the invitation to meet with them, assuring that he would always be available to interface with them considering the important roles they play in providing appropriation and other legislative support to the Commission.
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The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has disclosed that the Agency is set to reopen the Lokoja office, as part of efforts towards harnessing the Blue Economy, enhancing collaboration, while also promoting Research and Development.
The DG, who made this known when he played host to the Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA), Mal. Usman Hayatu Mazadu at the head office of the Agency in Lagos, noted that investment in research would play a major role in ensuring the harnessing of Nigeria’s maritime potentials.
“The key cardinal principle of opening the NIMASA Lokoja office is to improve on Research and Development.
He said, “Now, the Blue Economy has come to stay and very soon you will see the impact of what we have; in terms of the gains and benefits to grow our Gross Domestic Product while improving the well-being of our own Economy”.
Earlier in his remarks, Mallam Usman of KADSEMA lauded the Agency for the feat achieved so far, which cuts across the entire Nigeria.
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