The dust has not yet settled over the recommendations of the Steven Oronsaye-led presidential panel report which recommended the merger of the two foremost anti-graft agencies; the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, (ICPC).
The secretary of ICPC, Mr. Elvis Oglafa in a reaction to the Oronsaye panel’s recommendations, described it’s position as unfortunate and a calculated attempt to ridicule the successes of the anti-graft agencies.
Rather than merging the agencies, the ICPC scribe said Nigeria was ripe for more of such agencies. “With its ever increasing population from the present 160 million, and the high prevalence of corruption, the country needs more Anti-graft agencies to stem the scourges of corruption in the country”, he said.
Mr. Oglafa explained that population-wise Nigeria shares similarity with countries like China, Philippines and India but revealed that on the contrast, these countries have less incidences of official corruption, yet operate multiple anti-corruption agencies.
“China with its huge population of 1.3 billion has about 3,563 anti-graft bodies, India’s population stands at 1.2 billion, USA 311 million, and a few other countries with high population like Nigeria operate multiple anti-graft agencies as well.