The speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has assured of appropriation of funds in 2017 budget towards ensuring that the timeline set for the completion of Head office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC are met by December.
He gave the assurance on Tuesday, during an inspection visit to assess the progress of work at the site.
“Our conviction is that where the EFCC currently operates does not give the good impression to first time visitors in Nigeria or people who come to Nigeria to interface with the agency as it is said that first impression counts a lot. I will be the happiest person to see that the EFCC resumes operation in the new building by December”,Dogara assured.
According to him, it was necessary to complete the project in order to provide conducive environment for the Commission and also to show that government was fully ready to eradicate corruption in Nigeria.
“The president had in his inaugural address said that he would kill corruption before corruption kills us in Nigeria. The only frontline agency that is charged with the responsibility of combating corruption is the EFCC.
“It is only proper that when citizens of other countries and even Nigerians come to where EFCC operates, to see clearly that the environment under which they operate speak to the fact that as a nation, we are more than determined to confront this cancer called corruption”.
He expressed delight over the progress of work so far saying, “I am satisfied and motivated. As a parliamentarian it is my joy to see this project completed as soon as possible’’.
The managing director, Julius Berger Construction Company, Wolfgang Goetsch, observed that the major challenge affecting the pace of work is funding, adding that, if funds are consistently made available the project would be completed by December.
The Acting Chairman, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, thanked the Speaker and his entourage for the visit and promised to leave no stone unturned in cleansing Nigeria of corruption.
On the visit were Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Mustafa Bala Dawaki and Chairman, House Committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes, Kayode Oladele.