Foremost anti-corruption agency in Nigeria, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has finalised plans to commemorate the 2018 African Anti- Corruption Day on Wednesday (tomorrow) with a road walk.
Speaking on the importance of the event, the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, disclosed that the ‘walk’, which will involve cross section of stakeholders drawn from the Civil Society Organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations, Developmental partners, government agencies and trade union groups among others, will hold from 7am in Abuja and major cities where the agency’s offices are located.
A statement by Head, Media & Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren said that other cities are Lagos, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Kaduna, Kano, Gombe, Maiduguri, Enugu, Benin and Uyo.
The agency further stated that the objective of the ‘walk’ is to sensitize the youths on the dangers of corruption and their roles in the fight against the malaise.
The Daily Times recalls tat the Head of states and Governments of the African Union, AU, had in 2011 declared July 11 every year as the ‘African Anti- Corruption Day’, following the adoption of the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption on 11 July, 2003 in Maputo, Mozambique.
This year’s event has unique resonance coming against the backdrop of the AU declaration of 2018 as the ‘African Year of Combating Corruption’, with a theme tilted: “Winning the fight against corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”.
The designation of President Muhammadu Buhari as Africa’s Anti-Corruption Champion also adds a distinct Nigerian flavour to this year’s event with the EFCC driving the process.
The take off point for the ‘walk’ is EFCC Old Head Office at No 5, Fomela Street, Wuse 2, Abuja.