In a poignant plea for national unity, Ola Olukoyede, the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has called for an end to corruption, social injustice, deprivation, and discord across the country. Speaking on Thursday, November 23, 2023, in Abuja, Olukoyede emphasized the need to address these issues, as they are often the root causes of crises and societal unrest.
Olukoyede made this call while receiving a delegation from the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) during their courtesy visit to the corporate headquarters of the EFCC. He pinpointed corruption as the underlying factor of injustice and stressed the necessity of bridging the gap causing societal imbalances. The EFCC Chairman urged a collective effort to eliminate injustice fueled by corruption, stating, “What is good for one is good for all.”
Challenging the leadership of the PCC, Olukoyede expressed expectations for the Commission to ascend to greater heights, urging them to earn the support of Nigerians through diligent work. He advocated for the formalization of the relationship between EFCC and PCC through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), assuring reinforcement of the existing collaboration between the two commissions.
In a congratulatory message to Olukoyede on his appointment, the Chief Commissioner of PCC, Abimbola Ayo Yusuf, highlighted the shared focus and mandate between PCC and EFCC. He called for increased collaboration to address administrative injustices and corrupt practices in both public and private organizations. Yusuf stressed the legal empowerment of PCC to act as the official whistleblower to EFCC and other law enforcement agencies, emphasizing the need for a designated desk officer within EFCC. He concluded by assuring that PCC is well-positioned in 550 area offices across the 774 local government areas (LGAs) of Nigeria.