The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will prioritise measures aimed at preventing corruption in order to save the huge cost of prosecuting corruption cases.
Executive Chairman of EFCC, Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, said other measures undertaken by the agency included the re-launch of the inter-faith dialogue and instilling the culture of integrity in young people.
Bawa told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York on Sunday that one of the best means to fight corruption in the country was for Nigerians to have attitudinal change.
He said that the anti-corruption agency was exploring Nigeria’s religious strength, pointing out that Nigeria is unarguably the most religious nation on earth.
He said that the EFCC had in 2012 launched the interfaith dialogue, which brought the leadership of Christians and Islam in the country together.
“We developed a manual that we intend to give to these faith-based institutions to give to their followers and will also discuss the need to partner with the EFCC.
“We are working towards the second edition; already the leaders of these institutions have been incorporated and they are working towards re-launching it and ensuring the implementation of the manual.
“We want to tap on our religious strength in Nigeria because corruption can be checkmated with a change in attitude,’’ he said.
The EFCC boss also told NAN that the commission was pushing for the establishment of anti-corruption studies in the school curriculum.
He said the commission had established integrity clubs in schools and at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camps to instill the culture of integrity in the youth.
“We have anti-corruption clubs in some tertiary institutions and we are trying to push at the national level to include anti-corruption study in students’ curriculum.
“The trend around the world is to include anti-corruption in students’ curriculum to be able to catch them young in terms of their understanding.
“By and large, when you look at the issue of corruption, it is about loving your country; it is about patriotism, about doing the right thing, this, to me, will make Nigeria better,’’ he said.
The EFCC boss emphasised the need to promote anti-corruption and culture of integrity in schools to make Nigeria a corrupt-free nation. (NAN)