The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) handed over another tranche of recovered loots to the Kwara State Government (KWSG) on Wednesday, August 26, 2020.
While briefing Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on the status of the recovered looted funds, the new Ilorin zonal head of the EFCC, Oseni Kazeem, announced that the zonal office has received approval from its headquarters to hand over another N130m recovered looted funds to the State government.
Kazeem commended the Governor for his giant strides and his attempts to bring governance closer to the people. He reiterated the committment of the EFCC to fish out the criminal elements and deal with them according to the law.
On his part, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq commended the activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), saying the anti-graft body has helped to gradually restore some sanity and accountability in public administration in the country.
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The Governor said: “EFCC is an institution that must not be allowed to die. It has come to stay and it must remain. National and sub-national governments must give full support that the organisation requires. On our part, we will always give you the support and cooperation you need. Let me also thank you for the activities of your organisation. We have been able to collect from your office hundreds of millions of Naira. We will put it to good use. Your effort has stabilised this government.
“When we came in, we received the Federal Government tax refund of N4.8bn paid to the Kwara State Government. The money came in few days before our inauguration and EFCC made sure that the fund was not frittered away even though there were vouchers to (quickly) spend the money. We thank you for that. On our part, we want to run a responsible government and that is why we embrace the idea of social audit which means all contracts we do can be inspected by individuals or civil society organisations and make recommendations to the government. The House of Assembly just concluded its oversight of our projects.
“We know why people voted us in and we know why they voted out the previous administration. We don’t want to repeat the same mistakes committed by the previous administration. So, we want to run an open government and make sure the right things are done. We’re ready to support you. We know that you have your independence. There is no way our government can influence you because even the President does not interfere in your activities”, he said.
Kwara State Government has so far received N366,816,691 looted funds from some officials of the previous administration.
Part of the recovered funds earlier returned by the EFCC belonged to the local government areas.
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August 26, 2020.
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