The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and the National Open University of Nigeria NOUN, on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, in Abuja at the headquarters of the EFCC.
The MOU signed by both parties will see the anti-graft agency working closely with the University’s Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning, ACETEL, in cyber security training, among others.
This was made known via a statement released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren.
The Executive Chairman, EFCC Abdulrasheed Bawa, expressed delight that the two parties are coming together to harness their resources for mutual benefit.
Bawa, while maintaining that the MOU will afford interns from the University the opportunity to better appreciate the work of the EFCC, assured that the content of the MOU will be implemented.
The EFCC helmsman further noted that the MOU will assist the Commission in the implementation of the recently launched Strategic Plan 2021-2025 which has five objectives: increasing public engagement in the fight against economic and financial crimes; improving systems and processes for the prevention of economic and financial crimes; improving intelligence-driven investigation, prosecution, and asset recovery; Improving law enforcement coordination and collaboration with relevant stakeholders, and enhancement of institutional capacity and human capital.
In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of NOUN, Professor Olufemi Peters commended the commitment of the EFCC to collaborate with NOUN and also for the time and resources they have deployed to contribute to capacity building efforts of the school through the Cyber security programme of ACETEL.
The Vice Chancellor while stating that the partnership will not be limited to only academic activities, added that the University has opened its door of recreational activities to the Commission and anticipate various sporting competition between the two organizations.
Prof Peters described the event is the beginning of many positive engagements between the two organizations as the EFCC begins to play its role in sensitizing the youth to the dangers of financial crimes.