EFCC visits hotels and homes picking up suspected fraudsters a.k.a. Yahoo boys.
They are paraded, their Laptops and other telecommunication devices seized and displayed.
They are detained, investigated and arraigned for trial.
Aside the complaints that sometimes Innocent folks are picked up and their school projects delayed as their Laptops are seized, the nation has actually seen several convictions and even confessions and refunds.
Why we wonder how come, same EFCC finds it difficult to investigate failed road projects.
We hope it’s not just a situation of finding it very convenient to raid hotels in search of youngsters, but inconvenient and impolitic to investigate shady road contracts because of the caliber of people involved. It would have been much better if the two areas were addressed simultaneously, thereby carrying the people along in the process.
Since anyone who embezzles public funds without properly discharging his side of the bargain certainly committed economic crime against the people, there’s need for a thorough investigation into the causes of many failed roads.
In my region, many federal roads have collapsed. So many lives have been lost, so many businesses destroyed as a result of impassable roads. Many are death traps due to low quality and substandard construction.
Some are reported to have been budgeted for, in some cases, contracts actually awarded and payment made.
When will EFCC look into the cases of contracts awarded and jobs either poorly executed or not done at all?
If Buhari’s administration truly wants to earn the trust and respect of the masses of my region, EFCC search light should be beamed on the records of the many contracts awarded in respect of these many failed roads.
Who did what road? Which companies were paid? Who supervised the shabbily done jobs? Who approved payments? Where the jobs done properly and satisfactorily?
If a culture of probity and accountability is not established, the profligacy that crippled the country will not only continue, but grow worse.
These terribly failed roads were done by humans who believe they are untouchable.
The reluctance of EFCC to look into this very important issue, does not speak well of the reputation of the institution.
Going after students and youngsters in night clubs and hotel rooms, while the remorseless and conscienceless big fishes who destroyed the land by their greed and their mindless looting strut freely about as if they are above the law, does not enhance the credibility of the EFCC.
These horrible roads hinder economic growth, retard agricultural activities, negatively impact on social life and cripple transportation of goods and people.
The much oppressed and abused masses are praying and waiting to see the day the EFCC will begin to do the needful. There’s no better way to earn respect of the aggrieved masses, than to go after the hyenas and the foxes who ate up the people’s commonwealth.
EFCC over to you.