Abuja – The Chairman of the House Committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes, Adams Jagaba, appealed for more funding of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to enable it to complete the construction of the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
Jagaba made the appeal after leading committee members on over-sight function to assess 2013 budget performance ahead of the 2014 budget defence.
“We have come to see the level of work done at the head office building, the facilities and the challenges the commission is facing and how to resolve the challenges,” he said.
“We have every reason to make adjustment to the budget proposal from the federal government and not just to rubber stamp such proposal. Even if it means increasing the budget, the Committee has power to do that.”
Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde, told the visiting Committee members the ten-storey building was almost abandoned.
It estimated the cost of the building is more than N18 billion. The tender was awarded to Messer Julius Berger Nigeria Plc (JBN) on November 2010.
It was set for completion in the same month this year. Lamorde said that about N9 billion had been paid to JBN.
“Going by the terms of the contract agreement, the handover of the Head Office Complex ought to be the next two months but only 41 percentage of work has been done.”
The Chairman said the delay in the completion of the Head Office was “eating deep” into the finances of the Commission as it rents properties elsewhere.
“Our operations are spread all over the city. We have rented offices in seven locations in Abuja. This also means we must service generators in each of the locations which is the alternative power source,” said Lamorde.
– CAJ News