The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa on Monday, March 8, 2021 charged all staff
of the Commission to be disciplined and dedicated to their duties.
In his first interface with staff at the headquarters upon assumption of
office, the EFCC boss expressed delight at the goodwill exhibited by
staff over his appointment.
He said though a number of staff are happy to have a chairman who is a
friend to many, he was, however, going to be firm and would not tolerate
indiscipline in any form, including lateness to work and indecent or
improper dressing. “The rule says you must be in the office by 8am and
close by 5pm if you have no pending work. But it is unacceptable for you
to come in by 9am and close by 3pm and you expect to earn a full
salary,” he said.
He said he has fair knowledge of the agency and its challenges, but
assured that the challenges were surmountable. Nevertheless, he pointed
that his mission was not to undo what had been done by his predecessors
but to seek to improve the fortunes of the Commission, going forward.
He called for renewed commitment to the anti-graft campaign by all
staff through dedicated service, devoid of sloppiness and other forms of
“All Staff are important in this fight against corruption from the top
to the least. So, I invite everyone to bring ideas and best practices
that will help to organize and recalibrate the Commission in order to
make it a better place. I am a part of you and I know the challenges,
He assured that he would operate a policy of open door for easy access
by staff and publicly gave out his telephone number.
Bawa also promised to prioritize staff welfare and systems improvement
through application of digital technology and intelligence during his
tenure. He disclosed that a Directorate of Intelligence would soon be
created as the hub of Intel creation to bolster the Commission’s
He equally revealed that staff training will receive new fillip while
the prospect of getting Insurance cover for staff would be explored to
mitigate the dangers staff are exposed to in the discharge of their
The EFCC chairman used the forum to feel the pulse of the Commission by
taking questions from various categories of staff. He promised to
address most of the issues raised.
He was also at the Abuja Zonal Office and the EFCC Academy where similar
meeting took place.
At Idiagbon House, home of the Abuja Zonal office, Bawa was received by
the Zona Head, Ahmed Sa’ad Abubakar and other senior officers.
Addressing the staff, he appreciated them for the goodwill messages sent
to him on his appointment and enjoined all to embrace the enormous
He encouraged staff to be dedicated to their duties, by upholding the
Commission’s core values and imbibing good work ethic.
At the Academy, He was received by the Commandant, Ayo Olowonihi, who
expressed delight that the Executive Chairman was able to visit the
Academy a few days after assuming office. He congratulated Bawa and
pledge the loyalty and support of the Academy staff to the Commission.
Addressing the staff, after he was conducted round the Academy, Bawa
promised to reinvigorate the institution by giving it a face-lift, and
properly position it as a Centre of Excellence for EFCC staff training.
He urged the staff to be dedicated, shun all vices and report unethical
behaviour to appropriate authority.