Governor Ibrahim Idris has appealed to members of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to always make the fight against corruption their focal point and shun the temptation to abuse power or witch hunt political office holders.
Alhaji Idris made the appeal while receiving a joint delegation of EFCC and members of Initiative for Mass Education against corruption in Nigeria, who paid a courtesy call on him in his office in Lokoja recently.
He said the EFCC has a strategic role in the fight against corruption in the country and appealed to them not to allow themselves to be used, derailed or distracted from this cardinal objective; adding that his administration has already initiated a programme to compliment the efforts of the organization in the state.
Alhaji Idris also used the forum to charge politicians and other public office holders not to see their positions as opportunity to misappropriate public funds, stressing that transparency and accountability should be their watch word.
Earlier, the Executive Chairman of EFCC, Hajia Farida Waziri who noted that the fight against corruption requires the collective effort of all Nigerians, commended the Initiative for Mass Education against Corruption for promoting anti-corruption ideals in the state. Represented by Alhaji Abubakar Uthman, the EFCC boss equally applauded the political will of the state government in organizing a sensitization workshop in the state for Local government officials describing it as a vital step in the fight against corruption.
In his remarks, National Coordinator, Initiative for Mass Education against Corruption, Hon. Friday Sani said he established the organization to compliment the efforts of the state governor’s commitment to promoting transparency and accountability in public office.