EFCC Links Corruption To Neglect Of Cultural Values

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Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede, has attributed the high rate of corruption in Nigeria to the neglect of cultural values by citizens.
He made the assertion yesterday when the executive secretary/chief executive officer of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Otunba Biodun Ajiboye, visited him to discuss inter-agency collaborations towards reorienting Nigerians on the need to revive their cultural values as a tool to fighting and eradicating corruption in the country.
Ajiboye said the commission was doing its best to curb the menace of corruption and one of the ways to achieve its mandate is through citizens’ cultural orientation on the high level of moral decadence and values that are completely broken.
“What does not belong to you, you don’t have business with it and if we have moral and value re-orientation of the citizenry, it will help us achieve a lot. We need to channel our efforts on crime prevention rather than recording thousands of convictions. There is also a need for us to look at the loopholes and re-orient the people and that is where NICO comes in. We need people like you to support us by getting involved in the fight against corruption,” Olukoyede said.
“Basic orientation is needed for Nigerians to understand the need to avoid engagements in criminal vices and we will not mind to give your Institute a desk in the Commission to see how we can join forces in re-orienting Nigerians because if we go back to our values and with the potency it has to take away the issue of moral decadence, I can assure you that it will reduce the bulk of my work,” he added.
Earlier, Ajiboye said his visit was to seek the commission’s support and cooperation in fulfilling the Institute’s mandate as the foremost cultural training institute in the country. He maintained that such collaboration will not only assist in tackling financial crimes and fraudulent activities through the cultural and psychological re-wiring of Nigerians to our cultural ideals and ways of life but will equally step up the advocacy to return to Nigeria’s cherished cultural values.
While further clamouring for the return of cultural values as solution to corruption, the NICO boss said the institute is empowered by law to serve as a focus for orientation in cultural matters for Nigerian policy makers and also trains citizens towards integrating Nigeria’s culture at all levels into our everyday activities and therefore proposed the training of senior officers of the Commission by the Institute for improved productivity.


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