EFCC launches first anti-corruption radio in Africa

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has launched its Anti-Corruption Radio in Abuja, which is also the first of its kind in Africa.

The ‘EFCC Radio’ 97.3 FM, was established to provide day-to-day information, enlightenment, entertainment and campaigns against corruption in the country.

At the Inauguration of the Station, Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris and EFCC boss Mr Ola Olukoyede bared their minds on the menace of fake news, stressing that all efforts should be geared towards fighting it.

“As a Minister, we feel very glad for this step, because we put too much focus on catching people rather than advocacy, enlightenment and sensitization. I am happy now that we are making the right step in the right direction because nobody can tell a story better than you are, so fake news and misinformation are things we need to come together and fight by putting out facts so that the right information can be out there and radio is the simplest way of reaching the larger audience,” Idris said.

He assured the EFCC of increased support and collaboration in the working of the Radio Station and other works of the Commission.

“Be rest assured, we will do our best to ensure you achieve your goals of informing, enlightening and sanitising, I am happy we have the EFCC joining us to achieve this. My principal role is to see that information is given accurately, I will urge other stations to support you too,” he added.

On his part, Olukoyede went down memory lane concerning the conception and crystallization of the idea of a Radio Station for the Commission, describing its commissioning as a milestone. Like Malagi, he denounced the scourge of fake news and its attendant disservice to the works of the EFCC, maintaining that the Radio Station would help the Commission tell its own stories more accurately.

“Communication offers us stronger weapons for breaking half-truths, lies, insinuations and other distortions of the works we do. Indeed, with our own Radio Station, we are in a better position to tell our stories, factually, ungarnished and unspun,” he said.

The anti-graft czar commended all those who played various roles in birthing the vision that had finally crystallized, particularly commending the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC for investing in the vision of the Commission at a time when ownership of license by public institutions was completely novel.

“For us, owning a radio is not a status symbol but an important organ of mobilization against graft where communication and public engagement have the same impact and depth as our operational activities. Indeed, we are in a better position to tell our stories.

“This avenue I believe will deepen the relationship with the public towards the fight against corruption. It is important to let people know about what we do. We recognize that radio has a wider reach so the next step is to increase the coverage so that the public can reach out to us and we too can reach out to the public,” he further added.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes, Sen. Emmanuel Udende, described corruption as a monster crippling growth and development of the nation. He commended the EFCC for its impact and reach across the country,  stressing that “the fear of EFCC has become the pillar of economic and financial wisdom in Nigeria. The giant strides of the Commission are highly commendable which underscores the importance of EFCC Radio 97.3fm, as today there is so much misinformation of facts, I am hopeful that the station will boost publicity and awareness about corruption and also bring the Commission closer to the people”.

The Chairman, the House Committee on Financial Crimes, Hon. Kayode Akinolu called on all Nigerians to make the EFCC Radio as their preferred station as public enlightenment is needed in the anti-graft fight.

“On behalf of the Committee, you are doing very well. You are going to face a lot of challenges, so please do not be deterred, you have our support, and I congratulate you on this feat you have achieved. The reward for hard work is more work,” he said.

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