The Chairman Senate Committee on Financial crimes and Anti-Corruption, Chukwuma Utazi has assured the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of the Senate’s support to ensure release of appropriated funds by the Federal Ministry of Finance toward the completion of the Commission’s head office complex.
Mr. Utazi who stated this on December 1 while inspecting the project, expressed satisfaction with the quality of work so far done.
“The quality of work done by Julius Berger is impressive,” he said.
According to Mr. Utazi, “ from the information we have gotten, N5 billion has been released, and we will ask the ministry of finance and budget office to ensure that the outstanding N2 billion that they are holding be released to the contractors so that they can push this job.
“We want that money released, so that before we start looking at 2017 budget we will have been done with the 2016 budget. It is very important that we are not just seen as saying we want to fight corruption; even though we know we are tight on finances but this is of primary importance to us”
Mr. Utazi expressed concern about the current location of the EFCC, stating that the place has a lot of distractions, which may compromise the integrity of investigations.
He expressed the 8th Senate’s commitment to seeing that the project is completed on time.
Mr. Utazi was accompanied on the visit by other members of the Committee, including Dino Melaye, Monsurat Sunmonu and Jide Omoworare.
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