By Iyanu Oluwajomiloju…./
The House Committee on Financial Crimes in the National Assembly under the leadership of Hon. Kayode Oladele has urged Nigerians to join hands with the National Assembly in its strides to strengthen the anti-corruption
Rev. Bunmi Olusona, Special Adviser on ‘Media and Illicit Financial Flows’ to the Chairman House Committee on Financial Crimes explained in a statement in Lagos that the Committee in collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, has started a National Workshop and Training on ‘Economic and Financial Crime, anti-Corruption, Fiscal Responsibility and Good Governance” for States and Local Government officials throughout Nigeria.
This he added, is in a bid to rid the nation and our Civil Service at the State and Local government areas of corruption and corrupt practices.
At the end of the training/seminar, Olusona said participants from the 36 States of the Federation will
1) Understand the EFCC Establishment Act and the Money Laundering Prohibition Act: Offences and Penalties,
2) Gain ability to design and implement sustainable corruption prevention mechanisms in the States and Local Govt. levels.
3) Ensure effective and efficient management of public funds at the State and Local Govt levels in Nigeria.
4) Understand the Fiscal Responsibility Act and the Public Procurement Act in the context of Economic and Financial Crimes.
5) Promote the transparency and accountability with the view to institutionalizing the tenets of good governance at the State and Local Govt. levels in the Country.
He noted that “under the able leadership of Hon. Kayode Oladele, the House Committee on Financial Crimes is deepening and intensifying President Buhari’s anti-corruption war to a new level where corruption can be fought successfully with adequate legal backing.”
He disclosed hat Hon. Kayode Oladele has sponsored the following bills to strengthen our anti corruption institutions especially the EFCC, ICPC and other Govt agencies.”
Some of the bills includes:
- Proceeds of Crime Bill,
- EFCC Amendment Bill,
- Special Crimes Courts Bill and
- Whistle Blower’s Protection Bill.
“It is expected that by the time these bills become laws, they will strengthen the hands of our anti-corruption institutions, agencies and agents thus making Nigeria a better place.
“Our national Assembly is doing great things by making laws that will strengthen and deepen our democracy. Nigerians should also recollect a recent passage of law in support of INEC for the usage of electronic voting in Nigeria,” he said.