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Global Support Crucial To Recovering Looted Funds -Dogara

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said that Nigeria requires the support of the International community to facilitate the speedy recovery of her looted funds for national development.

He also said that effective collaboration between the Nigerian anti-graft agencies and their foreign counterparts would aid other laudable actions of the government in the fight against corruption.

Speaking at the weekend during the maiden meeting of International Corruption Hunters’ Network at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, he lauded the leadership of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for taking advantage of the networking and knowledge transfer opportunities provided by the group to further strength¬en its institutional processes.

He urged the group to continually avail its members of emerging top-notch strategies and methods in the fight against corruption.

Dogara, who spoke through the Chairman, House of Rep­resentatives Committee on Financial Crimes, Kayode Ol- adele, said: “ I have no doubt in my mind that this meeting will further enhance peer learning, fruitful exchange and adaptation of best practices among mem­bers of the Network in areas such as investigative techniques, preventive advice, monitoring of the compliance standards of bad entities as well as the law enforcement agencies.

The timeliness of this meet­ing cannot be over-emphasized for a number of reasons. First, it came at a time when the Ni­gerian government has launched a historic offensive against cor­ruption. At the Vanguard of their integrity crusade is President Muhammed Buhari and oth­er senior government officials who, through their commitment to the virtues of integrity, rekin­dled the confidence of Nigeri­ans in the institution of govern­ment.”

Dogara further assured the group of the continuous support of the House in its quest to pro­mote cross-border coordination and peer learning in the fight against corruption.

He, therefore, urged the group to think out of the box and look at the deeper context of the fight against corruption by support­ing anti-corruption agencies in Africa to become more effective in preventing and prosecuting corrupt practices.

Earlier, in his welcome ad­dress, the acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, hinged the success so far record­ed by the Commission on the capacity of its workforce.

Magu, who expressed grat­itude to the group for choosing Abuja as the host of its first Sub-Saharan Africa meeting and the EFCC as the host agen­cy, further said the Commission placed emphasis on training and re-training to build its compe­tence and institute professional­ism in its activities.

According to him, “Giving our prosecutors and investiga­tors cutting – edge training can­not be achieved through class­room situations. Shared field experiences being offered by the Network enable those who have already passed through peculiar situations to relate to such expe­riences across restrictive nation­al boundaries and jurisdictions to colleagues currently facing similar on- the- job challenges. This has been shown over time to be more impactful than many of the training programmes we send our investigators to.”


– Xavier Ndanyongmong

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