Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has called on Community-Based Organisations, , across the country to rise more vigorously to the imperatives of whistle-blowing by volunteering information about cases of economic and financial crimes in their neighbourhood.
He made the call in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital while presenting a paper on overcoming the challenges of whistle blowing and anti-corruption at a One-Day Stakeholders’ Town Hall meeting organized by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy, AFRICMIL.
According to him, every Nigerian has a role to play in the fight against economic and financial crimes by exposing compromises of extant laws on corrupt practices in their environments.
He called on every Nigerian to actively participate in the fight against economic and financial crimes through volunteering information, saying the negative effect of corruption does not discriminate against ethnicity, religion or political affiliation.
Bawa assured EFCC’s readiness to collaborate with Community-Based Organisations such as AFRICMIL in strengthening citizens’ capacities to identify and report cases of corruption as well as educating them on the guidelines for whistle blowing and procedures for processing entitlement.
He explained that the EFCC has taken a positive steps by easing the process of whistle blowing is the development of the *“Eagle Eye App”* that allows informants to report and interface with officials of the Commission.
He enjoined anti-corruption agencies, policy makers, civil society organization, Community-Based Organisations to recommit to the whistle blowing policy and work towards its success and ensure that all corrupt people have no place anywhere in Nigeria to hide their loot.
Coordinator of the Centre, Chido Onumah, stated that the meeting was organized to strengthen the capacity of stakeholders on the whistle blowing policy.