Nigerian Anti corruption war is gathering more strength – NASS

— Contrary to insinuations in some quarters that President Buhari’s war against corruption is losing steam, Nigerian anti corruption war is being firmly rooted and our laws are being refined in reality of present legal inadequacies and challenges. We therefore urged Nigerians to join hands with the House Committee on Financial Crimes and the National Assembly in her strides to strengthen our anti corruption institutions.

The House Committee on Financial Crimes in the National Assembly under the leadership of Hon. Kayode Oladele is in the fore front on President Buhari’s anti corruption war.

The Committee in collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, started a National Workshop and Training on ‘Economic and Financial Crime, anti Corruption, Fiscal Responsibility and Good Governance” for States and Local Govt officials through out Nigeria. This is in a bid to rid our nation and our Civil Service at the State and Local government areas of corruption and corrupt practices. According to section 6 of the EFCC Act, the Commission is responsible for the investigation of all financial crimes in Nigeria.

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. 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, 

a) Proceeds of Crime Bill, 

b) EFCC Amendment Bill, 

c) Special Crimes Courts Bill and 

d) Whistle Blower’s Protection Bill. 

All sponsored by Hon. Kayode Oladele, who is the Chairman House Committee on Financial Crimes. 

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 are 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. 

These are laws that will make this country great. Nigerians are therefore enjoined to celebrate and support our National Assembly in order to encourage them to perform better.

At the end of the training/seminar, 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.

Rev. Bunmi Olusona, 

Special Adviser on ‘Media and Illicit Financial Flows’ to the Chairman House Committee on Financial Crimes