President Muhammadu Buhari, through the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, on Friday, June 10, disclosed that the Federal Government is planning to relocate some of the Ministries, Agencies and Departments, MDA’s into some recovered looted properties.
It could be recalled that President Buhari through the Minister of Information Culture and Tourism, Lai Muhammed, had published the amount of looted funds and property recovered so far with the names of the looters conspicuously missing.
Amidst agitation by Nigerians to know the said names of looters, the Nation Newspaper, the mouth piece of the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu on Monday, June 6, published some names of looters and the amount recovered.
One of the residential building of Former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh situated at Wuse 2 area of Abuja, was on Wednesday January 13, 2016 sealed up by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC.
Aside Badeh, other military chiefs, ex-governors, public servants properties have been confiscated in the ongoing fight against corruption.
Adeosun, speaking in Abuja while briefing journalists after the Steering Committee of the Efficiency Unit meeting, said the move to relocate the agencies was to reduce waste since the properties were empty.
She said, “The issuance of price guidelines and initiatives for reducing expenditure on rent on office and residential buildings will be the primary focus areas of the efficiency unit in coming months.
“You may want to know that the average annual expenditure on rent for a three year period of 2012 to 2014 was N3.55 billion.
“And to achieve that, we are already looking at using properties that were forfeited from recoveries and moving some of our agencies to occupy those properties rather than paying rent,’’ Adeosun said