The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, on Thursday, inaugurated the jersey for the EFCC Football Club, stressing the need for the anti-graft agency to adopt multiple approaches to its fight against corruption.
The event took place at the commission’s permanent site at Jabi, Airport Road, Abuja where the EFCC boss was joined by his management team and the officials of the football club.
Magu used the opportunity of the event to appreciate the cooperation of the EFCC management, praising them for the successes recorded by the commission, especially, for making the dream of a world class permanent site come to fruition.
He described the feat as a huge milestone which was made possible through the dedication of all members of staff.
According to him, the EFCC is exploring the sporting arena in the discharge of its constitutional mandate because of its unifying force among Nigerians and mankind.
“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 commenting on the positive attributes of football to the society, the EFCC FC Patron, Mohammed Bako, said, “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 noted that the fight against corruption was indeed for everyone to tackle individually and collectively.
Also speaking, Usman Haruna Ilerike, Secretary, FCT Football Association, commended the EFCC’s initiative noting that “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”.
He recalled that, “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.
The EFCC FC jersey come in red and white colours for home and away games. A customized jersey with the Commission’s chairman’s name as top striker (Magu 9), was presented to the EFCC boss.