23 January 2018

Nigeria: Buhari Committed to Strengthening Anti-Corruption Agencies, Says Fashola

Abuja — The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), on Monday said President Muhammadu Buhari was committed to strengthening anti-corruption agencies in the country.

Fashola stated this during an inspection tour of the new Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) ongoing head office building.

According to Fashola, there was a need for "appropriate investment" by government to adequately empower institutions tasked with fighting corruption in the country, in order to afford them the enabling environment "to raise the bar."

"President Buhari is determined to strengthen the anti-graft agency in the fight against corruption," he said.

"The number of convictions secured by the EFCC speaks for itself as to the achievements of the agency."

On the importance of ensuring adequate electricity supply for the facilities, Fashola explained that "because of the sophistication in terms of the equipment, there will be need for alternative source of power", adding that, "more importantly, the visit is also to see how we can plan to power the infrastructure and connect them to the grid

The minister expressed satisfaction at the quality of infrastructure and progress of work at the Head Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, saying that the agency deserves nothing but the best.

He also gave assurance at ensuring adequate power supply to the facility.

"So far so good, the structural work and level of finish currently in place is satisfactory, and considering the important role the EFCC plays in the fighting economic and financial crimes, as well as being an institution ensuring law and order, the agency deserves the best," he said.

The minister who was accompanied by the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Suleiman Hassan, and EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, visited the various facilities at the site, including the northern and western wings of the building, forensic building, clinic, detention and security facilities, and the power generating unit.

They were led round the facilities at the site by Ibrahim Murtala, an architect and consultant with Julius Berger, the Construction Company handling the building of the new head office."

The construction work, which according to Murtala was 89 per cent completed, is expected to be ready before the second quarter of the year.


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