…commends head of EFCC and others
The trouble line between the national Assembly and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) may have been laid to rest as the President of Senate,Bukola Saraki took time off to visit the anti-graft agency new office complex
The senate President was seen in company of the head of the agency,Mr Ibrahim Magu, on Tuesday when he visited, and was taken round the new complex while the senate president kept on applauding the quality of work done and the continuity policy of the EFCC helmsman.
According to the Senate President,the visit is part of his oversight function and said that the National Assembly has supported where it matters and this (EFCC) is where it matters.
The Kwara-born Politician and ex-governor went-on promising of further support towards building and strengthening of the nation’s institutions irrespective of any differences.
Speaking on the new edifice,the senate president in a release sent out by his Chief Press Secretary,Sanni Onogu, praised the quality of work done and the fact that the building design was done by Nigerian Architect.
He said that the nation must continue to build institutions as well as strengthen existing ones to realize its dream of becoming a great democratic country.
Saraki said: “I think the most important thing as far as we are concerned is that I have always said that we must always continue to build institutions and that is what is important and we must continue to support in building these institutions.
“If we are going to build a better society in our country, one of the main things we must tackle is the issue of corruption and how we can do that is by strengthening these institutions.
“My presence here is to say that whatever we do in our job, the most important thing is that we all represent institutions and we must work and see that it is in the interest of the country.
“So my presence here is, after a building like this where the National Assembly has played a great role, it must be my responsibility to see how the money was spent and I can see that that has been done properly and we should continue to work together to see that that goes well for the entire country.
“If you look at most projects in Abuja, I don’t think any project like this has been well-funded and that shows that despite all the noise you will hear, the
“If you look at what has been achieved in the last two and half years in putting this building up and bringing it to completion, I think it is a remarkable achievement,” he said
He added: “I have a responsibility and a role as the head of the legislature. I have responsibility and my responsibility is beyond whatever issues. You see, you guys in the media like to hype things. The most important thing is that we must always do the right thing.
“We might disagree on what those right things are but at the end of the day, we must ensure that we build institutions, we support institutions and do what is right and we must continue to do that.
“Unfortunately, I will not be here on Tuesday because I will be sitting and that is why I said I must come and see it. A project as huge as this that the National Assembly has supported is worth seeing.”
He declares that the fight against corruption must continue in our bid to hand-over a better and prosperous future to the coming generation.
“I think we have all said it. Corruption is something we must fight,” he said. “There is no way you can build a society without fighting corruption.”
“I have always said that my own strong will is that as we fight it, we must fight it in ensuring that we strengthen the institutions and what you see here is part of the process of strengthening that institutions so that whoever comes here will know that this is what we must fight if we want to build institutions.”
He described the building as impressive and commendable especially the fact that it was designed by an indigenous architect.
Saraki said: “I must say that I am very impressed. Very commendable structure, I like the fact that the architect is local; Nigerian and the quality of work done by Julius Berger is very impressive and it is a building that we should be proud of.
“I think it goes to show the importance of institutional building, making institutions stronger and it makes institutions stronger. So, it is very impressive.
“The details and planning is very commendable. I would commend all those who have worked towards the actualization of the structure.
“From those who started it to the builder. Let me also commend members of the National Assembly that provided the funding to make it a reality. I am very impressed. It is well kept secret but it is very good.
Also,on what the project stands on in our match as a nation and the drive for good governance,, the senate President said: “That is why I keep saying it is not about individuals, it is about institutions and this is what we have shown here.
“I think the project has gone through about three Executive Chairmen and one did not come in to say this is not my project and I must not continue. Each one has taken it as his own project.
“I think that is good and that is the whole point that is important and this is something we will be proud of for many years.
“In many years to come, I hope that we don’t have corruption in an environment like this but for now, I think there are many good aspects of this”.Saraki concludes.
Meanwhile,the National Assembly is yet to confirm the head of EFCC,Mr Ibrahim Magu having declared him as not fit and proper to drive the institution, and at a time stopped all confirmations of President Muhammudu Buhari’s nominees in a bid to force Magu out of the anti-graft institution.