By Okafor Ofiebor
The Nigeria Union of Journalists in Rivers State has commended the strides of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.
Stanley Job Stanley, Chairman of the Rivers State Council of the union gave the commendation on Wednesday 18 March 2020 when he led members of the union on a courtesy visit to the Port Harcourt Zonal office of the Commission.
According to Stanley, the EFCC has, to a considerable degree, checked the impunity with which public resources are stolen in Nigeria.
“Though we cannot say corruption has been eradicated in Nigeria, the society has been sanitized to some extent as people no longer loot with impunity as the fear of EFCC is the beginning of wisdom,” he said.
Stanley said resources that had been looted but recovered by the EFCC were now available for spending by the government.
He charged the commission to continue recovering stolen funds and pay attention to how such funds are deployed to prevent what he tagged “public suspicion on the re-looting of recovered funds”.
The NUJ Chairman pledged the Union’s support to EFCC.
“We will continue to do our best to support the EFCC. Our doors are open for partnership in the fight against corruption, “he said.
Responding, the EFCC Zonal Head, Usman Imam, thanked the Union for the visit. He said he considered himself lucky to be the first zonal head to be visited by the NUJ in the zone, noting that the media occupies a critical place in the fight against corruption.
He invited all to join forces with the EFCC in order to defeat corruption in the country.