The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has expressed readiness to partner Follow The Money, in the fight against corruption at the grassroots level in order to ensure government funds and international aid channeled towards constituency projects are appropriately utilised.
EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, who received Connected Development (CODE) delegates, initiators of ‘Follow The Money’, led by Hamzat Lawal, it’s chief executive officer, in his Office in Abuja, stated that the Commission was determined to kill corruption in Nigeria by all means and is willing to partner with civil societies and other agencies that share the same vision.
Magu added that the Commission would assign a desk office for CODE to manage communications and ease of communication with the Follow The Money Chapter Leads across the states.
He further commended the CODE for winning the Council of Europe’s Democracy Innovation Award and the UN SDG 2019 Mobiliser Award; and urged that they continue with the fight against corruption and must not be silent in the face of injustice.
On his part, CODE’s Chief Executive, Hamzat, stated that the purpose of the visit was to establish collaboration with the Commission in advocating for transparency, accountability and good governance, adding that constituency tracking ensures funds are properly utilised and meet the needs and aspiration of the Nigerian people.
He added that the collaboration with the EFCC is a strategic move to collectively combat corruption, illicit financial flows and track to completion, development projects in rural areas so people can have access to portable drinking water, standard healthcare and even primary education.