Citizenship And Leadership Centre Graduates 62 EFCC Cadets
THE Unit Coordinator of the Leadership and Training Centre in Jos, Dr. Waheed Ademola Adedeji, has pointed out that the institution has contributed immensely to the manpower development of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the military and other security agencies across the country.
He stated this at the closing ceremony of Course SH. 834 Exclusive Leadership Training for EFCC Cadets, which took place at Mountain School, Shere Hills, Jos.
According to Adedeji the centre has conducted professional leadership training for cadets of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna; State Security Service (SSS); personnel of the Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil-Kano and Police Staff College, Jos; officers from the Defence Intelligence School, Karu-Abuja; the Nigerian Army School of Physical Training, Zaria; the Nigerian Air Force, Kaduna; the Nigerian Prisons Service; the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and other security operatives.
In the area of peacekeeping, he said, the centre is among the first organisation to rehabilitate the Niger Delta ex-militants by collaborating with the Rivers State Government Social Development Institute (RSGSDI).
Adedeji added that at the peak of the crises in the Plateau State, the centre also collaborated with organisations such as the Centre for Peace Advancement in Nigeria (CEPAN), the Institute of Governance and Social Research (IGSR) and others to bring peace to the State.
The Acting Director-General, Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre, Mr. Michael Fawole, advised the newly graduated Cadets to be patriotic, uncompromising and should never allow themselves to be used to settle scores, adding that as ambassadors of EFCC, they should stand out as agents of change.
Out of the 62 officers, 61received certificates while an officer was denied his for flouting the rules and regulations of the centre.
Dr. Tunji Olaopa, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth Development, said “his familiarity with the discourse and management of anti-corruption policy has helped him to appreciate the level economic and financial crime has assumed, adding that the crime is growing in tandem with innovations in information and communication.”
According to him, how far the tide of corruption is stemmed is invariably related to the skills and competence of personnel of anti-corruption agency like the EFCC, hoping that the graduated cadets will return to their station to energetically deploy their newly acquired skills for greater effectiveness and productivity of the commission.
He implored the cadets to see themselves as the new face of the EFCC and the hope of Nigeria’s collective victory over financial crimes.
“You must portray yourselves as disciplined, effective and efficient officers, who are worthy ambassadors of this organization and its noble cause.”