The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to devise mechanisms for tackling institutional corruption in public sector at the conception stage.
Mustapha gave the advice on Thursday when the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu and his Management Team paid a courtesy visit to the SGF in his office.
He urged the Commission to use advocacy campaigns to change the mind-sets of individuals, who worked in organizations and regarded corrupt tendencies and practices as their preferred way of guaranteeing a secured post-service life.
The SGF expressed the hope that the completion and movement of the Commission to their new Head Office complex in Abuja would ensure better management of their investigation resources and personnel, and also, provide a more enabling environment for them to carry out their very daunting and challenging responsibilities.
He commended the officials for carrying out their duties with courage and patriotism, at great risks to their lives, noting that corruption in the country had become a hydra-headed monster because it had become very pervasive and culturally entrenched.
Mustapha noted that dealing with a problem that had become a culture required a lot of resolve on the part of the officials of the EFCC.
He thanked the officials for wholeheartedly embracing President Muhammadu Buhari’s mandate to kill corruption before it could kill the country.
He recalled that dismantling corruption in the country was the repeated pledge of Mr. President during his electioneering campaign.
The Acting EFCC Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, had earlier briefed the SGF on the near completion of the Commission’s new headquarters in Abuja, and urged him to visit the complex.