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ALGON, EFCC vow to tackle corruption in LGAs

The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) in partnership with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has vowed to tackle obvious graft across…

The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) in partnership with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has vowed to tackle obvious graft across all the 774 local government areas across the country.

The two organisations said they have resolved to achieve the aim by training a cross-section of critical officials working in the third tier of government at EFCC Training Academy, Karu, Abuja on how to ensure transparency at the grassroots.

Briefing journalists at a press conference, the consultant to both organisations, Ephraim Okechukwu, explained that the move became imperative considering how corruption has continued to spread at the grassroots.

Okechukwu disclosed that the training, which was in line with the renewed hope agenda of the president, would be held between February 27th and March 7, where ALGON President David Kolade and the EFCC chairman, Ola Olukoyede will be present.

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Daily Trust had reported how the immediate past president, Muhammadu Buhari, made one of the units at the EFCC, Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, an agency to tackle corruption at the LGAs.

But checks by our correspondent showed that much had not been done since the creation of the agency – the development many stakeholders said has made the third tier of government remain at its lowest ebb.