The Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption,PACC, has pledged its total support to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in its renewed fight against corruption.
Chairman of the committee, Itse Sagay, SAN, made the pledge on Thursday when he and other members paid a visit to the agency’s Abuja headquarters.
Sagay, who charged the agency not to relent in carrying out its mandate of ridding the country of economic and financial crimes, also stressed the pivotal role it has to play in winning the war against corruption.
“The common interest of Nigerians is at stake, because corruption affects everyone, and we have the same objective, therefore you can rely on us to give you support in all ramifications,” he said.
The committee chairman commended the EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, for breathing new life into the anti-corruption campaign but noted that there was still more to be done.
“The energy you have brought in to the activities of the EFCC since your assumption of office has encouraged us, and we want you to continue to do more,” he said.
Also speaking during the visit, the secretary to the committee, Bolaji Owasanoye, commended the anti – graft agency for the new impetus it has brought into combating corruption but stressed that it was important for it to secure convictions in cases involving high profile individuals.
“We commend you for your efforts, but there is need to further enhance the good work you are doing by securing convictions in high profile cases,” he said.
In his response, the EFCC chairman restated the agency’s commitment to root out corruption in the country, adding that it was also dealing with corruption within its ranks in order to weed out bad eggs.
Magu, however, observed that one of the major problems the agency faces is accommodation, while also pointing out the need to upgrade its training academy to world class standards.
Other members of the committee in the delegation were Sadiq Isa Radda, E. Alemika, Femi Odekunle, Ona Peters, Ola Olukayode, and Olusegun Odesina.