Nigerian lawmakers at the House of Representatives want state governments that establish agencies dedicated to fighting financial crime.

The idea is to localise the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) established by the federal government.

The House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes said the proposed anti-corruption agencies will make effective the fight against corruption.

The Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Kayode Oladele said this during a visit to the National Assembly by participants of the first certificate course in corruption prevention of the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN).

“Corruption is a global phenomenon, and the laws we have in Nigeria on corruption are international laws.

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“We now see that even some state governments have taken the issue of anti-corruption seriously and it is important that state governments educate their people on this.

“I want to commend the Kano state government for establishing a public complaints and anti-corruption commission to fight corruption in the state.

“We urge other states to establish such agencies. If you look at what we are currently doing, it is about prevention which is better and cheaper than to investigate and prosecute,” Oladele said.

According to him, “It is important that state governments educate citizens on the ills of corruption,” while emohasizing that there could be no development in any society ridden by corruption.

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