Abdurasheed Bawa, the Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, says the commission is ever ready to execute its mandates, only when there is good governance, which, he noted, remains the critical element to do so.
Bawa said this when he received the African Union delegation on the Country Review Mission.
The team, which Bawa received in Abuja on Thursday, is in Nigeria to assess the country’s ongoing second Peer Review processes.
The aim of the review process is to assess the activities of the African Peer Review Mechanism in Nigeria for validation.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the AU team, as part of its objectives, is in Nigeria to also assess the country’s economic challenges, good governance, food sufficiency, health challenge, security as well as political activities in Nigeria.
Addressing the AU delegates, Bawa said the process was commendable and an initiative that the EFCC welcomed in earnest, as it would address some loopholes in governance.
He said: “We are happy to have you here this morning for this important exercise as it has been directed by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to review the whole exercise of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) for validation.
“And, I wish to state here that we will give you all the necessary corporations, whether it is confrontational, we are ready to have that from you, and all that you need would be given to you.”
According to Bawa, the commission is believed in fighting corruption and this could only be achieved with good governance.
He said: “We believe that fighting corruption is really on when you have good governance taking place among the generality of what the government is all about.
“And there is no way you can determine this because no government has monopoly of knowledge, but by reviewing itself, comparing with other governments across the continent.”
Prof. Janneh Abdoulie, Head Panelist on AU CRM, explained that the AU mission in Nigeria was on verification permission and to dialogue with stakeholders including EFCC on the review process in the country.
Abdoulie added that EFCC could not be left out being one of the major stakeholders in the whole exercise.
“We are here now to have the dialogue with various institutions and personalities involved in this and we cannot do that without talking to the EFCC as one of the major stakeholders in this whole exercise,” he said.