UNSPENT N4 BILLION IN 2020 BUDGET MEANT FOR RECRUITMENT, SAYS EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says the unspent N4 billion in its 2020 budget was meant for recruitment of 420 staff, stalled by the outbreak of COVID 19.

Its acting Chairman, Mohammed Umar, stated this while presenting details of the Commission’s expenditure in the outgoing year before the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes.

Umar explained that the Commission was in the process of recruiting when COVID-19 pandemic broke out.

He also disclosed that the EFCC has already made submission to the committee detailing assets recovery, conviction secured, cases in court among others.

He told Lawmakers that the five per cent meant to be retained in the agency from money recovered is yet to be given to the commission as done in other places.

The EFCC chief listed some of the challenges faced by the agency to include: lack of special court to prosecute corruption cases, lack of personnel, poor release of funds for capital projects among others.

A total of N29.861 billion is being proposed by EFCC for 2021 operations.



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