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Why EFCC wants to recruit 750 workers, by Magu

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has unfolded plan to recruit 750 additional workers in the 2016 fiscal year. Acting Chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu disclosed the plan on Monday while addressing members of the House of Repersentatives Committee on Financial Crime while on budget defence.

He noted that this will be in addition to the existing 2,173 staffers on the payroll of the commission.

According to him, most of the staffers of the commission are on secondment from the Police, the DSS and other security agencies; ‘’a reason the EFCC needs to recruit more people that will form the base of its personnel, and that will be able to take over fully with the operation of the agency in a few years to come’’.

He therefore, urged the committee to ensure that the EFCC’s proposed budget for 2016 is not reduced as being proposed by the Ministry of Budget and Planning.

According to him, if the proposed appropriation is reduced, areas such as investigations, training and retraining of staff and the completion of the commission’s headquarter complex will suffer. “The new staff who will be recruited have to spend at least one year in training. In other places they spend up to 18 months”, he said, indicating that the training will also consume funds.

Magu explained that the personnel cost of N6.6 billion suggested by the ministry was lower than what was appropriated for 2015; and would not be adequate at a time when there is a plan to recruit 750 additional hands.

Also, the commission plans to start work on its permanent sites for the EFCC Academy. Magu stated that the commission had got permanent sites in Nasarawa and Bida, and needs to claim the land before it can start construction in the 2017 fiscal year. He explained that the Academy site in Karu, near Abuja was not conducive for the endurance training that EFCC operatives should be going through, adding that the environment contained too many buildings and does not have the jungle terrain for endurance training.

On the completion of the headquarter building, Magu informed that the EFCC currently pays as much as N200 million in rent and for movement of its sensitive documents during investigations. He pleaded that when the complex is completed, it will house almost all the commission’s offices and there will be no need spending such money on rent.

“N11.4 billion was proposed which includes N9 billion for the completion of the headquarters complex. The budget estimate for capital expenditure by the ministry for 2016 is N3.1billion inclusive of N2.5 billion for the head office complex. This can only meet 28 per cent of outstanding liability. As at present, there is an outstanding liability of N6 billion for the job certificates. We have to even plead with Julius Berger to take the N6 billion”, he said.

Earlier, chairman of the House committee, Kayode Oladele in his address, assured EFCC of its support. He noted that the committee is a sub committee of the Appropriation Committee of the House, adding that the committee on financial crimes will support the EFCC to ensure it gets adequate appropriation for 2016. He also assured that issues of staff welfare, life insurance scheme for the personnel and the completion of the headquarters complex would be taken care of.

“Events have unfolded quickly, with tens of arrests and prosecution of corrupt persons as well as the return of some of the looted funds by former public officers and their cronies in the private sector. We have also seen the scrupulous enforcement of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and the establishment of Efficiency Units within the respective MDAs.The dedication and commitment of the anti-graft agencies particularly the EFCC, made these results possible within a short period of time”.

“However, knowing that the EFCC is confronted with multifarious challenges in the discharge of its duties, we are indeed proud of what the commission has been able to accomplish within such a short period. As we all know, the current economic downturns have drastically reduced projected earnings for the 2016 fiscal year. However, despite the paucity of funds, the funding for the EFCC remains priority for the government”, he assured.

Committee members who made contributions at the sitting suggested that EFCC should be captured under the Integrated Payroll System so that the actual personnel cost can be known. They also advised that the commission should consider electronic filing of its document to serve as back up for the paper documents.



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