The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa on Wednesday, reiterated the Commission’s resolve to work with the Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria, REDAN, in sanitizing the real estate sector.
He stated this when the President of REDAN, Aliyu Oroji Wammako paid him a Courtesy Visit at the Commission’s headquarters, Jabi, Abuja.
Bawa also promised that the EFCC will support REDAN in ensuring that the proposed Real Estate Regulation and Development Bill is passed to help in sanitizing the sector.
“I want to assure you that we are going to support you, we are going to talk to all the people that need to be spoken to after we have reviewed the law itself to see whether there are one or two things that we need to add, that will help you in strengthening the provisions before it is transmitted to the President for assent,” he said.
The EFCC boss however lamented the rate of corruption in the sector and urged REDAN and all Nigerians to report acts of corruption in the real estate sector. “To us, from the beginning, we made our position very clear that real estate in Nigeria has turned into an avenue in which corrupt public and private sector practitioners are laundering their proceeds of crime with ease.
In his remarks, the President of REDAN, Aliyu Oroji Wammako stated that the purpose of the visit is to partner and collaborate with the EFCC in sanitizing the business of real estate in Nigeria.
“We believe that with your organization partnering and lending your voice to the need for Nigeria to have a law that regulates the sector, robust and increased housing developments will be achieved,” he said.
Wammako further stated that working in collaboration with the EFCC will increase the contribution of the sector to the nation’s Gross Domestic Products and standardize the business of real estate development in Nigeria by regulating transactions in the sector.