Africa-Press – Nigeria. The Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ola Olukoyede, has pledged to refocus the anti-corruption war by adopting modalities capable of stimulating economic growth and development.
Olukoyede gave the assurance while addressing staff members of Ilorin Zonal Command of EFCC at the Commission’s Office, GRA, Ilorin.
He promised a paradigm shift in the agency’s approach to anti-graft war, to make it more proactive and result-oriented.
“There is a need for us to refocus our attention on EFCC. We need to define our scope of mandate to stimulate the country’s economy.
”The era of stifling and crippling of businesses with unwarranted PNDs is gone.
”We must be able to separate proceeds of crime from legitimate funds and use the instrumentality of our mandate to create wealth and jobs for people.
“We will also use the instrumentality of our mandate to create a conducive environment for businesses to thrive for sustainable economic growth,” he said.
The EFCC boss also pledged to prioritise staff welfare, stressing that he was already in talks with the government for necessary support.
“We have done it before, and we are going to do it again,” he assured.
Olukoyede urged officers of the Commission to live above board and avoid acts of compromise in their line of duty.
“We owe our nation the sacred duty of making this country free of corruption and crimes,” he added.
He urged staff members to work together for a good course and see themselves as officers having the same rights and privileges as encapsulated in Section 8 (5) of the EFCC Establishment Act, 2004.