EFCC seeks law to criminalise project abandonment


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday sought a new legislation against corrupt behaviour by political office holders.

The acting chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu, said the move would serve as a deterrent to successive governments who abandon projects into which state funds have been invested.

He said the Niger Delta Ministry is reported to have over 90 per cent of its projects in the region abandoned.

Magu spoke in Port Harcourt, Rivers State during a conference on tackling corruption, organised by the Social Development Integrated Centre.

Represented by Nnaghe Itam, the zonal head of EFCC, Port Harcourt office, he expressed regret that Nigeria was littered with abandoned projects.

“Some factors that make corruption to thrive include poorly conceived and politically motivated projects, lack of continuity in the administration of projects by successive governments, non-adherence to procurement and contractual agreements by parties,” he said, vowing that the commission was ready to tackle the challenge.

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