Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu yesterday gave assurance that with the present political will, there is no reason for the commission to fail in its campaign against corrupt officials.
Mr. Magu said with the EFCC receiving the much needed political backing, the anti-graft campaign will be intensified.
He made this known when members of the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes, led by its chairman, Rep. Kayode Oladele, visited the commission’s permanent site in Abuja.
In response to a question on the ongoing fight against corruption, Magu said what “you need is the very strong political will in fighting corruption and you can see that everybody is supporting us.
“So I used to tell my boys that you have no reason to fail this time around. Even though there are a lot of things outstanding, but we would go ahead and intensify the fight”.
In his remarks during the visit, Rep Oladele said the lawmakers would work towards providing enough funds for the permanent site of the EFCC to be completed this year.
On the ongoing process to amend the EFCC Act by the House, Chairman of the committee said there was no plan to curtail the powers of the anti-graft agency by the green chamber but rather, it was working to strengthen the agency.
The lawmaker also lamented that the EFCC pays about N200 million as rent every year, saying the amount makes it even more imperative to ensure completion of the permanent site.
The project coordinator, Dickson Otitijo, told the visiting members that paucity of funds was responsible for the slow pace of work on the project, which he said has reached 65 per cent completion.