The Northern States Civil Society Networks has solicited collaboration and partnership with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, in fighting against economic and finance-related crimes.
The chairman of the civil group, Ibrahim Waiya stated this when he led representatives of the coalition on a courtesy visit to the Commission, which aimed also at enhancing compliance of civil society organizations with regulations of the Special Unit Against Money Laundering, SCUML.
“We are ready to assist the Commission in creating awareness about its activities by bringing other stakeholders on board, also supporting a legal framework to enhance compliance with the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering, SCUML. Whatever areas of partnership and support that will bridge the gaps in defining development agenda, we are ready to engage”, he said.
He disclosed that as a civil society group operating in the Nineteen Northern States of Nigeria, the objective of NSCSN is advocating best practices of democracy, accountability and increased development of Northern Nigeria, through policy influencing, cooperation and partnership.
Waiya commended the EFCC Chairman for his track record in one year as chief executive of the agency, pointing out that his unique style of leadership has engendered public trust and confidence in the Commission.
“I can say that your unique style of subjecting yourself as a public servant to public scrutiny has in no doubt created a conspicuous testimony that you indeed have a sincere intention and passionate commitment to fighting corruption in Nigeria”, Waiya added.
The EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, in his response, thanked the group for the visit, stating that he was happy to see a group of CSOs cutting across several states who are passionate about the fight against economic and financial crimes.
Bawa added that the Commission has welcomed the offer of collaboration by the group which he explained was in sync with at least two objectives of the Commission’s Strategic Plan.
Bawa further thanked the group for already being conscious of the activities of SCUML, charged them to continue to sensitize their members on the need to meet their statutory obligations to SCUML,
He said since his assumption of office, EFCC has re-organized and empowered SCUML, however admitted that there are gaps as some Designated Non-Financial Institutions, DFNIs, are still not complying with regulations.