The British Embassy in Nigeria has boosted the new Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] with specialised Information Technology [IT] software to aid it in the fight against corruption.
The British Embassy disclosed this in its Twitter handle on Tuesday.
It said that this digital upgrade will ensure that the EFCC will become the most advanced anti-corruption agency in the West African region.
The UK has given boost with specialised IT software to the new @officialEFCC Head Office. This digital upgrade enables the #EFCC to become the most advanced Anti-Cnorruption agency in the region. Proud to be partnering #Nigeria in efforts against corruption. pic.twitter.com/tWCIti3Ku9
— UK in Nigeria🇬🇧 (@UKinNigeria) May 15, 2018
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 officially commissioned the new EFCC Head Office.
President Buhari described the edifice as the result of Nigerians’ commitment to the fight against corruption.
The 10-storey building located at Plot 310/302 Research and Institution Cadastral District, Jabi, Abuja defines the landscape of Abuja in terms of infrastructure and design.
The President, who described corruption as “a destroyer of societies”, expressed strong determination to fight the corruption adding that his administration was “determined to hold public officers accountable, no matter how long it takes”.
He acknowledged the challenges in fighting corruption, calling on the National Assembly and the Judiciary to support the fight by providing necessary legal frameworks for the prosecution of corruption cases.
Buhari vowed that his government would stop at nothing in ensuring that “all stolen funds stashed in foreign banks are repatriated back to the country”.
In his goodwill message, the Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, stressed the need to upgrade the welfare package of staff of the Commission in order for them to be insulated from temptation.
“As important as this edifice is, emphasis must also be placed on the welfare of officers of the EFCC. It is time for us to look at the welfare package of the staff, who are putting their lives on the line to ensure that they combat the menace”, he said.
Dogara, who also expressed concern on the issue of Nigeria being labeled as “fantastically corrupt” said, “not all public officers are corrupt”.
In her remark, Baroness Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General, Commonwealth, congratulated Magu for the doggedness and fearlessness deployed to the fight against corruption, describing the edifice as “unique in Africa”.
Also speaking, Thambo Mbeki, former President of South Africa, lend credence to the fact that the EFCC staff welfare needed to be upgraded.
“The people who work in this building are valuable. It is important the staff are looked after by empowering them, so that they can do what is expected of them and shun temptations”, he said.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Acting Chairman EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, described the commissioning of the new head office, as the beginning of a new phase of EFCC.
Describing the project as “a dream come true”, Magu acknowledged the accommodation problems faced by the Commission saying; “As we increase our scope, we are faced with accommodation problems. When I was appointed as acting chairman EFCC, I have always had the mind to bring this project to completion”.
He appreciated the various contributions of his predecessors to the successful completion to the project.
The anti-graft czar particularly appreciated the political will of the Buhari-led administration to fight corruption stressing that “there is no more hiding place for the corrupt as the EFCC determined to carry on with the fight”.
“The anti-corruption thrust of the present administration is backed with political will and we, at the EFCC are ready to carry on with the fight in accordance with the rule of law”, he said.
According to him, the EFCC had secured 89 convictions from January to date”; while a total of 489 convictions had been recorded in the last two years. He said the EFCC had also recovered looted funds to the tune of N500billion.
The EFCC boss assured that his agency would sustain the fight against corruption in a way that the international community would no longer see Nigeria as fantastically corrupt.
The event was graced by eminent personalities across the country including members of the Federal Executive Council, members of the National Assembly, members of the diplomatic corps, captains of industries and royal fathers.