Blessing Iruoma, Port Harcourt
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has vowed to stop reported corrupt practices in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
This was the Commission says it was determined to beam its searchlights to ensure that the Niger Delta region feels the impact of the intervention agency.
Usman Iman, Head of the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Commission, made the pledge, on Tuesday, while answering questions as guest on Security Watch, a programme of Wave FM 91.7 Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The Zonal EFCC boss said, “We are looking into the activities of the NDDC. We have received petitions on projects that have been paid for but not executed.
“We are going to look into these petitions to ensure that the people get value for monies released to the NDDC and, that those who steal from the agency are dealt with in accordance with the law,” he said.
The Zonal Head reminded listeners that the Whistle Blowers policy of the Federal Government is still in force and urged citizens to take advantage of the policy to give information about corrupt activities to the Commission.
“Nigeria must win this war and put the country back on the path of honour”, he said.
In response to some of the callers who expressed concern about the growing cases of cyber crime in Rivers state, Imam disclosed that part of his plan for the zone is to dislodge perpetrators of all forms of cyber crime from the area.
He, however, appealed to parents, faith-based organizations and community leaders to assist the Commission in steering the energies of the youths away from criminality by inculcating in them the right values.
While acknowledging the fact that oil theft remains the foremost economic crime in the region, the EFCC boss said he was committed to fighting the illegal oil bunkerers to a standstill though collaboration with relevant stakeholders. He disclosed that he had already met with heads of security and other agencies, including the Department of Petroleum Resources, on ways to strengthen cooperation in the fight against oil theft.
He expressed confidence that the strategy will deliver positive dividends in the coming months.