Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, SAN, has 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.
Fashola made the assertion during a visit to inspect the level of construction work at the site of the permanent head office of the EFCC in Abuja, on Monday, January 22, 2018. He came on the visit in the company of the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Suleiman Hassan.
The entourage from the ministry, accompanied by Ibrahim Magu, the acting EFCC Chairman, and management staff of the agency, 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.
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 Muhammadu 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.”
Stressing the importance of ensuring adequate electricity supply for the facilities, Fashola noted 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 construction work, which according to Murtala was 89 per cent completed, is expected to be ready before the second quarter of the year.