The Anti-Corruption and Research-Based Data Initiative, ARDI, said the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has laid an enduring foundation for the EFCC to achieve its goal genuinely.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Executive Secretary, ARDI, Chief Dennis Aghanya, said Malami took a bold step to fight the monumental corruption ravaging the agency since its inception and midwifed the enthronement of a millennium carrier officer as the new chairman.
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He said: “Nigerians are all happy with the nomination and confirmation of Abdulrasheed Bawa as the substantive Chairman of the EFCC.
“It takes guts and initiative to make certain decisions and this is one of such decisions which can only be taken by a purposeful minister to institutionalize good policies and programmes that would help to grow a sector.
According to him, the EFCC is a strategic institution in the fight against corruption.
He added, “That sector was left to rot away with incompetent leaderships in the past until Malami staked everything he has to bring sanity back.
“Bawa is not only a young man who is in tune with modernity, but he has also been part of the system as a carrier officer and has attended necessary training, home and oversea to prepare him for this enormous. There is no doubt that he would make a difference.”
He stated that Malami himself is also a youthful minister, who has distinguished himself and that is part of his secret for succeeding. His door is always wide open to everybody.
He stated, “He listens to suggestions. He assembled good hands around him and that reflects in his decisions and policy formulations. No file last more than a day on his desk. This is evidence of a man who was prepared to work before he was given the appointment.
“I am therefore very optimistic that the new EFCC chairman will replicate Malami’s virtues in the discharge of his duties. We in anti-corruption advocacy will work very closely with Bawa to succeed.”