The Kaduna State Government has expressed interest on the establishment of the state’s office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to tackle financial mismanagement in the state’s Civil Service.
Kaduna State Commissioner of Finance, Suleiman Abdul Kwari, disclosed this to newsmen recently in Kaduna at the Kaduna state correspondence chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists.
According to him, the ongoing verification exercise makes it necessary for the office to be established in the state so as to track down both big and small thieves, who will be caught in financial embezzlement or fraud.
Kwari also pointed out that the state government has been criticized in so many areas but it will never relent in doing what is right for the benefit of about eight million residents of the state; adding that government now operates one single account after closing down 450 others – allowing for a more controllable 110 accounts.
He said, “We are not bothered about the noise some few people are making about the ongoing verification exercise now, because we belief it is to the advantage of the populace in the state.
“EFCC national body is working towards opening an office here. They are not only going after the big ones; we are going after such small cases of people being dishonest. It doesn’t matter how small, because a crime is a crime,” while noting that the state hopes to finish its verification exercise by the end of May.