As part of contributions to boost the war against corruption in the country, the United States Government has offered to train 16 staff of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the art of effective communication with focus on rural dwellers.
The project which has commenced is tagged “Effective Communication and Public Relations for Nigeria Law Enforcement Agencies” and it will assist the anti-graft agency in taking its anti-corruption crusade to the grassroots.
Wilson Uwujaren, spokesman of EFCC, said at the launch, Aruna Amirthanayagam, Counsellor of Public Affairs of the US Mission to Nigeria, disclosed that the project was expected to strengthen criminal justice law in the country.
“The project is structured to help enhance cooperation and build trust among citizens, in order to make Nigeria a better place,” he said, noting that citizen participation was essential to winning the war against corruption.
Applauding the project, Benson Olugbuo, Executive Director of CLEEN Foundation observed that the project would strengthen relations between law enforcement agencies and the citizenry through improved and effective communication, in order to improve transparency and accountability.
Olugbuo hinted that the choice of the EFCC for the “pilot phase” of the project was based on the fact that “the EFCC has been very active in citizen engagement”.
“The aim is to ensure that staff of the EFCC gain and advance their skills for improved and effective communication with the public towards increasing transparency and accountability,” he said.
According to him, the project, which was also in partnership with the United States Embassy in Nigeria, would be extended to other security agencies in the future.
He noted that 50 police officers would also benefit from the first phase of the project.
The acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, who was represented at the launch, by the Commission’s Secretary, Emmanuel Aremo, commended the Foundation and the US Embassy, for their unrelenting support for the EFCC.
“There is an urgent need for citizen participation in the fight against corruption, because while the EFCC does its best, it still needs members of the society to adequately key into the anti-corruption crusade,” he said.