A government agency, ICRC, has requested an office building from the EFCC
– The anti-graft agency has recovered some buildings from Nigerians who were convicted of corruption allegation
– The EFCC boss Ibrahim Magu said President Buhari has given order that forfeited buildings be allocated to any government agency who is in need of office The Infrastructural Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to allocate an office building to it from the pool of buildings forfeited to the federal government through the commission.
The Director General of ICRC, Chidi Izuwah, who made the request on Thursday, August 22, when he visited the EFCC headquarters with his management team, said having an office building in Abuja would enable his agency carry out its mandate of ensuring sustainable infrastructural development of the country.
He said: “We know that you have made recovery of buildings and we are here to appeal to the EFCC to kindly allocate a building to ICRC in Abuja which will house the ICRC Infrastructure and PPP academy, which will ensure we have competent human capital to actualise out next level national infrastructural agenda and build capacity across all sectors while Lagos will be the ICRC project finance and liason office.
The acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, who accepted the request on behalf of the commission, informed the ICRC team that the EFCC has buildings that have been permanently forfeited in Abuja and Lagos. He said having an office accommodation in Abuja, would help the ICRC fulfill its mandate of ensuring sustainable infrastructural development in Nigeria.
The EFCC boss further disclosed that obliging the request was in line with a directive of President Muhammadu Buhari that forfeited properties be given out to government agencies in need of office space.
“The president has agreed that we should give such properties to government agencies in need of offices to occupy,” Magu said.
He reiterated his commitment to the fight against corruption and also called on all Nigerians to join in the fight, adding that the commission needed the support of every Nigerian in the fight against corruption.
While highlighting the responsibilities of ICRC, Izuwah said: “If we don’t kill our infrastructure deficit, that deficit will kill us, and some say it is indeed killing us with the problem of water, bad roads and so on. Addressing infrastructure is key in building a prosperous Nigeria.