Chief of Staff, Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
Getting the News Out/Managing Expectations, Building a Reform Team and Staff
media relations, managing expectations, getting the news out, Building a reform team and staff, training, recruitment, corruption
Mon Aug 24 2009
Dapo Olorunyomi discusses his work as chief of staff for Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He details the evolution of the EFCC’s work with different segments of Nigerian society and focuses on the role of community and media outreach in the EFCC’s anticorruption work. Olorunyomi particularly focuses on the role of religious groups and leaders in supporting anti-corruption efforts, as well as engaging public figures and celebrities to endorse the commission’s work. He also discusses strategies for working with local government officials. Olorunyomi also touches on staff training and retention issues, the political tensions that were sparked when the commission targeted politicians, and the necessity of looking beyond Nigeria’s borders for inspiration and lessons.
At the time of this interview, Dapo Olorunyomi was the enterprise editor at Next Newspapers and executive director of the Wole Soyinka Center for Investigative Journalism. He served as chief of staff of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from 2005 until he left the EFCC after Chairman Nuhu Ribadu’s dismissal in 2008. He also worked on Ribadu’s 2011 presidential campaign. Olorunyomi worked as a journalist and human rights activist in Nigeria during the military regime of Sani Abacha before moving to the United States, where he worked as the Nigeria Project Director for Freedom House. He returned to Nigeria in 2005 in order to work for the EFCC. He has won numerous awards for his work in journalism, including the PEN Freedom to Write Award in 1996 and the International Editors Award in 1995.