The Nigerian Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to collaborate with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, in ridding the nation’s airports of Low level corruption.
He made the call on Thursday, November 6, 2014, at the Anti- Corruption Sensitization Programme organized for staff of FAAN by the EFCC. According to him, corruption among airports’ low-cadre operators was pervasive and should be checked. “What we need to fight is low level corruption in airports. If we reduce low level corruption in the system, we will improve on the perception of people about our airports”, he said.
He commended the EFCC in the pursuit of its preventive mandate and charged it to work more closely with FAAN and other aviation agencies in enlightening workers on the need to shun corrupt practices.
In his remarks, Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde charged staff of FAAN, drawn from all parts of Nigeria, to embrace the values of integrity and transparency in the discharge of their duties.
According to him, the education and sensitization campaign is designed for employees of public and private institutions, to encourage them have a buy-in into the anti-graft mandate of the EFCC. Lamorde, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Mr. Osita Nwajah, proposed the establishment of an Integrity Unit in FAAN, to be “the rallying point for the promotion of transparency and accountability in FAAN, towards the achievement of the mandate of the Authority and to the greater service and glory of our fatherland”.
Several presentations were made in the course of the enlightenment programme. One of them, EFCC And Its Prevention Activities, was presented by Head, Enlightenment and Re-Orientation Unit of the EFCC, Aisha Larai Musa.