BY PATRICK OCHOGA, Benin City –
Civil Society groups in Edo State and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday vowed to collaborate to fight corruption in the state and other parts of the country.
They stated this at a sensitisation rally across major streets in Benin City to mark the World Anti-Corruption Day. The procession went through major streets of the state capital where they called on every citizen to rise up to the fight against the scourge.
Head of Benin office of EFCC, Mailafia Yakubu, said the “Fight against corruption is not just about EFCC alone, all of us must join hands together to check this cankerworm. The bad infrastructures we have today in our country are off shoot of corruption and we will fight it together so that there will be a better society for our children and great grandchildren. We are not unmindful of some of the hiccups unnecessary injunctions filed by the accused persons who have amassed enough wealth for themselves trying to avert justice or delay justice.
“Today is international anti-corruption day, the whole world has agreed that corruption is an issue that need to tackled with all vigour and we in EFCC are partnering with civil society organisations and well meaning Nigerians and we are out today to sensitise the people that they have the power to join and own this fight because it must start with us as individuals.”
On his part, leader of Edo Civil Society Organisations, Omobude Agho, said they would be committed to the collaboration to stamp out corruption from the system.
“Civil society will rise above board, we will not wait for Buhari, we will not wait for Osinbajo, we will not wait for Magu, we will fight the fight head, we must stamp out corruption, corruption is in the ministries, why do we have a minister for Education and his children are schooling abroad is that not corruption, why do we need ministers for Power, why do we need minister for Water Resources while we generate our electricity and source for our water, is that not corruption? How do we have a governor who collects billions of naira as security vote yet the lives of citizens are not secured is that not corruption?
“We are not fighting EFCC, we are collaborating with EFCC in every area. We will expose them. We will begin to demand, it is part of fighting corruption, if they put a project signboard anywhere, they should also put the project sum on it that is fighting corruption.”