Good Morning. All protocols observed. On behalf of the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, I thank you all for joining us.
The CLEEN Foundation, in collaboration with the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Office of the United States Embassy in Nigeria is very pleased to announce the formal launch of the ‘Public Engagement for Law Enforcement Agencies in Nigeria’ project.
The goal of this project is to strengthen relations between criminal justice actors, anti-graft agencies, and citizens through improved and effective communications. This pilot project will focus on supporting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Nigeria Police Force to provide timely and relevant information to the public on their efforts to fight crime and corruption.
Over the past year, the U.S. Embassy has been working closely with civil society, the Nigeria Police Force and the EFCC on various initiatives to enhance government transparency, improve security, and investigate and prosecute complex financial crimes. This project supports those efforts by enhancing communication with the public and building trust with law enforcement organizations.
I applaud the Police and the EFCC’s participation in anti-corruption and open government activities over the past year. Participation in initiatives such as the Open Government Partnership demonstrates commitment to fighting corruption and reaffirms law enforcement agencies’ duty to make Nigeria a better place for all citizens.
I also want to recognize the importance of civil society’s efforts to engage citizens in governance. Organizations like the CLEEN Foundation work diligently to maintain focus on the need for government transparency and accountability. They facilitate positive engagement between the public and government agencies, and we’re glad they will carry this project forward.
Lastly, I want to encourage the media and average citizens to hold government accountable. In order for government to provide for the needs of citizens, there has to be communication and engagement with the public. We hope that this partnership will help contribute to that goal.
Thank you all for your support and partnership.