Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to restructure the Nigerian political and economic system, as it recalls the war pledged against all corrupt practices by re-orienting public officers on steps needed to completely eradicate corruption that has eaten deep into the polity.
Permanent Secretary, Works and Housing, Engr. Abubakar G. Magaji, who reiterated the present administration’s commitment to fight corruption, made this known while welcoming the officials of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to an interactive session organised by the Anti-Corruption Unit, ACTU, of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, yesterday.
A statement issued to Nigerian Pilot by the Ministry’s Information Officer I, Mr. Olusegun Ogunkayode, on behalf of the Perm. Sec., hinted the numerous control mechanisms put in place by the government to guide Public officers in the course of discharging their duties.
These mechanisms, according to the Perm Sec., include the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Public Service Rules, the Financial Regulations, the Scheme of Service, Administrative Guidelines, Public Procurement Act, Extant Circulars, among others. He also stressed that the success or failure of the enforcement of any government policies and programmes are fully on the shoulders of public officers.
Engr. Magaji later told the participants that the purpose of the interactive session is to refresh the memories of public officers, give proper guidance and advice on the principles and applications of the rule of law, particularly with regards to transparency, accountability and judicious use of public funds.
During his presentation, Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, said that the programme is specially designed for Public and Private Workers in accordance with the Commission’s mandate, adding that, aside its enforcement responsibilities, the Commission is mandated to take measures on how to prevent economic and financial crimes which includes aggressive public enlightenment and education.
The Acting Chairman reminded the participants that corruption affects everybody and it is the responsibility of everyone to fight it to a standstill, which is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s admonition to the Commission.
Mr. Magu said, “If we don’t kill corruption, then corruption will kill Nigeria.” He therefore advised the participants to familiarise themselves with the act that established the Commission and other relevant acts, adding that the Commission will not spare anyone indulging in fraudulent practices against Nigerian people.

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