Hamzat Lawal, chief executive officer of Connected Development, a leading Civil Society Organization (CSO), has set an agenda and offered advice to the newly appointed Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Olanipekun Olukoyede.
In a statement on Friday, Lawal congratulated Olukoye on his appointment and advocated strengthened collaboration between CSOs, the EFCC, and other government agencies to foster a comprehensive approach to tackling corruption.
He also urged the new EFCC boss to maintain transparency and accountability within the agency, as well as in its operations, to ensure public trust and credibility.
The anti-corruption activist, who is also the founder of the social accountability initiative Follow The Money, urged Olukoyed to enhance the protection of whistleblowers who play a critical role in exposing financial crimes in the country.
He noted that efficient recovery and forfeiture of assets gained through corruption are pivotal and called for the anti-corruption agency to streamline the processes.
Lawal urged Olukoyede to engage the youth and the public in the EFCC’s anti-corruption efforts through awareness campaigns and education.
”More importantly, he needs to uphold the independence of the EFCC in its operations, ensuring that it remains free from undue political influence,” he said.
”My advice to him is to provide solid and principled leadership to guide the EFCC in fulfilling its mandate and promote professionalism and ethical conduct within the organization.
”As the world continues to evolve, I will advise the new EFCC boss to encourage a culture of continuous learning and adaptation to address evolving forms of corruption in the country. He should also focus on a multi-faceted approach that combines effective law enforcement, prevention, and recovery efforts.
”Combating financial crimes is a complex task, and success will depend on adapting to new challenges and maintaining a strong commitment to the rule of law and justice.”