By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The new Kaduna Zonal Head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Chief Superintendent of Police, (CSP) Sanusi Abdullahi, has said the media is pivotal in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.
He made the assertion during a courtesy visit to the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ) Kaduna Council on Monday, August 24, 2020.
CSP Abdullahi appreciated the efforts of Journalists in the state in reporting corruption and economic crimes, and appealed to them for maximum support.
The new Zonal boss said it became imperative for his team to familiarized with the Council to formally introduced himself and the new leadership of the Commission in the zone, and to also cement the relationship with the Union.
According to him, the Council is his first point of call since assumption of office last week due to the importance of Journalists in the fight against corruption, and sought for their maximum support and cooperation to move the Commission and the country forward.
Responding, the NUJ State Council Chairman, Comrade Yusuf Adamu, commended the new Zonal head for considering Journalists as partners in progress.
He assured the new Zonal Head of his members commitments to support the Commission in the fight against corruption, pointing out that the Council and EFCC has an existing cordial relationship with the former administration.
Comrade Yusuf noted that corruption is not only at the political levels, but has also reared it urgly head in media organizations.
He expressed dismay that some of his members were employed by some media organizations and given Identity cards as their meal tickets, and wanted the Commission to look into the issue.
The second-in-command of the Zone, Mr. Chidi Ahuchogu, said there is need for synergy in areas of collaborations, saying the media could come up with ideas to help move the Commission forward through reportage of it activities to the general public, so that they understand.
Similarly, Legal Head of the Commission, Mrs. Deborah Adamu-Ette, appealed to Journalists to always cover court proceedings so as to be updated in the Commission’s activities.
“We want more of media’s presence and reportage especially in our court proceedings,” she said.