Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu was on Tuesday decorated in his office as “Anti-Corruption Ambasador” by a team from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, led by the National Assembly Liaison Officer, Suleiman Bakari.
In decorating him, Bakari said,
It is therefore my honour Your Excellency, to on behalf of my Acting chairman, Ibrahim Mustafa Magu and the entire management and staff of the EFCC, decorate you as an Anti-Corruption Ambassador and formally present this frame, as a token of our appreciation to your person and office, and as a symbol of institutional partnership between the EFCC and the National Assembly.
He also urged the National Assembly to ensure adequate funding for the EFCC.
Ekweremadu after his deecoration said that for the war against corruption to be won, then there must be establishment of Special Courts to speed up the trial of corruption cases. He said,
I have been an advocate of special courts for the trial of corruption cases and I believe that other countries, who have enacted laws establishing such, are not fools because there are benefits to be derived therefrom. The idea is to expedite trial to make sure that those who are involved in corruption matters will have their day in court.
When we have special courts, just as we have the National Industrial Court, such courts will do better than they are doing now. The establishment of special courts is not just something that will be done by an Act of the National Assembly. We have to amend the constitution to bring it about under section 6, for the purpose of trying corruption cases.
He also advocated for values reorientation for all Nigerians with a view to bringing the country to the “good old days”. Ekweremadu assured the EFCC delegation that the National Assembly will speed up the passage of Bills aimed at strengthening the fight against corruption.