- EFCC football club was on Thursday, May 3, unveiled in Abuja
- The commission wants to explore the sport to fight corruption
- They were crowned the FCT champions in 2017
Economics and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have unveiled their football club.
The acting chairman of the body, Ibrahim Magu, along with some of EFCC’s senior management staff disclosed the information in Abuja on Thursday, May 3.
Magu stressed that the initiative was part of their resolve to fight corruption across board in the Nigerian scene.
“Football as a sport is not new and we take delight in various sporting activities, this is the reason why we want to inculcate football as a strategy to fight corruption”, he said.
While appreciating everyone who made the project a reality, the EFCC boss said: “this was a huge milestone and it is possible because of such dedication from all the staff.”
Meanwhile, EFCC FC patron Mohammed Bako says football is tool for bridging gaps and the commission are planning to explore that option in their fight.
“Football is a social way of networking and EFCC is using this platform for dual purpose of enjoying a good game and mobilizing people while creating awareness about the fight against corruption.”
He added that the fight against corruption was indeed for everyone to tackle individually and collectively.
FCT Football Association secretary, Usman Haruna Ilerike has also commended the body for coming up with that initiative.
“The future is bright for all the Nigerian youths as football is an engaging sport that will redirect the youths from being used for corrupt practices to something purposeful.”
“in 2016 in the FCT FA Annual General Assembly an integrity committee consisting of 2 Desk Officers in each club including FCT was set up to check the menace of corruption and this measure is currently being developed and will be sustained worldwide”.
The EFCC FC, which was founded in 2007 with robust management and technical team and players, won the FCT FA Cup in 2017.
They will wear red and white jersey for home and away games, while the chairman’s name was customized with number 9 printed Magu 9 was presented to the EFCC boss.
EFCC was founded in 2003 by the then president, Olusegun Obasanjo with the mandate of fighting corruption in the country.
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