- Nigerian government aims at making the country a major producer of rice, like India and China; -Audu Ogbeh
Th embattled acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has dedicated the 2016 Person of the Year Award bestowed on him by the Leadership Newspapers, to Nigerians just as he faces legitimacy crisis.
The event, which held at the International Conference Centre, ICC, Abuja, had as its theme, “The Rice Economy”.
Magu who has been rejected twice by the senate for the job of the anti-graft agency because of unfavorable DSS report, used the opportunity to call for support in ridding Nigeria of financial crimes.
“I want to dedicate this award to all Nigerians who have supported us in the fight against corruption,” he said.
Mr Magu was among eminent Nigerians,recognized for their outstanding achievement in various field including education, aviation, music leadership, business and banking on March 17, 2017.
Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman of EFCC
The award was bestowed on Magu for “doing what is describe as the nation’s most challenging jobs in his dogged fight against corruption, also working without a letter of confirmation in that acting capacity for over one year”.
Magu, who was very excited noted that he received the award because according to him “the process of selection was transparent and the organizers have high integrity”, has been invited by two leading anti-corruption organizations.
Mr Magu has also been invited by transparency International and Global Witness to speak at an international conference on money laundering and assets recovery on March 21, 2017 in London, leading anti-corruption organizations.
The embattled acting chairman would be speaking on the topic, “Give Us Our Money Back – Nigeria’s Fight Against Corruption: A Critical Conversation”.
“The commitment of the leadership of this country in fighting corruption is not in doubt, and so I call on everybody to join us in fighting corruption,” he Said.
Also speaking in the occasion,the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, when delivering the keynote speech on the theme, noted that Nigerian government aims at making the country a major producer of rice, like India and China.
“By the time Nigeria achieves self sufficiency in its rice production, it will mean the saving of nearly $7 million a day from our foreign reserves, it will mean a happier society,” Ogbeh added.