The Chief Executive Officer of Connected Development, Hamzat Lawal, has urged the new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Olanipekun Olukoyede, to enhance the protection of whistleblower.
Lawal also urged Olukoyede to work with civil society organisations and other sister agencies.
In a statement on Friday, Lawal also implored the EFCC boss to ensure strengthened collaboration between the commission, and other government agencies.
According to him, whistleblowers play a critical role in exposing financial crimes in the country.
He also urged the newly appointed EFCC chairman to maintain transparency and accountability within the agency, as well as in its operations, to ensure public trust and credibility.
He noted that efficient recovery and forfeiture of assets gained through corruption are pivotal and called for the anti-corruption agency to streamline the processes.
Lawal urged Olukoyede to engage the youth and the public in the EFCC’s anti-corruption efforts through awareness campaigns and education.
“More importantly, he needs to uphold the independence of the EFCC in its operations, ensuring that it remains free from undue political influence. My advice to him is to provide solid and principled leadership to guide the EFCC in fulfilling its mandate and promote professionalism and ethical conduct within the organization.
“As the world continues to evolve, I will advise the new EFCC boss to encourage a culture of continuous learning and adaptation to address evolving forms of corruption in the country.
“He should also focus on a multi-faceted approach that combines effective law enforcement, prevention, and recovery efforts. Combating financial crimes is a complex task, and success will depend on adapting to new challenges and maintaining a strong commitment to the rule of law and justice.”