11 November 2020 By Aisha Adesanya
The House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes has queried the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for failing to recruit the four hundred and twenty staff that were supposed to be recruited last year as approved by the committee.
Speaking at the 2021 budget defence of the committee, the Chairman Isa Dutse said the personnel cost of the Commission for the year 2020 was increased based on the approval for recruitment.
He also observed that out of the appropriated twenty four point nine billion Naira last year, twenty one point three billion Naira has been released and only seventeen point six billion Naira has been utilized.
Responding, the Acting Chairman of the commission Mr. Mohammed Umar, attributed the delay in the recruitment exercise by the commission to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The EFCC Chairman, also highlighted some of the challenges facing the Commission to include the need to have special courts to try corruption cases, increase in personnel and security for personnel as well as poor release of capital votes.
The Acting Chairman further explained that the issue of five percent recoveries to be given as cost of collection to the Commission is yet to be approved.