The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 reiterated the readiness of EFCC to work closely with the Nigeria Security, Printing and Minting Plc, NSPMC in the actualization of the respective mandates of the two agencies.
He made this declaration when the Managing Director, NSPMC, Abbas Umar Masanawa paid him a courtesy visit at the EFCC headquarters in Jabi, Abuja.
Masanawa in his remarks congratulated Bawa on his appointment, expressing confidence in the ability of the EFCC boss to take the agency to the new heights.
While commending the existing collaboration between NSPMC and the EFCC, Masanawa said he was visiting to revalidate the existing relationship and introduce his team to the new EFCC helmsman.
He highlighted the reforms that had taken place at the Mint over the years translating into over 90 percent Nigerian ownership and improved capacity with the acquisition of cutting edge equipment for currency and security document printing.
According to him, the Mint has achieved 100 percent capacity in currency printing and has excess capacity to print the currencies of at least five other West African countries. He disclosed that the Mint has moved from being a budget supported agency to a revenue generating institution, creating job opportunities for Nigerians.
The NSPMC boss however lamented that Ministries, Departments and Agencies were no complying with the provisions of its statue, which designate the Mint as the exclusive printer of security documents for all agencies of government.
In response, Bawa, advised the NSPMC boss reach out to agencies of government and get them to appreciate its status as the authorized printer of security documents.
“I will also encouraged you to reach out to other government bodies to adhere to the code of printing security documents, because some of these documents, are restricted, confidential and classified. So, I think you have to educate them on what constitute a security document as provided by law”.
While thanking NSPMC team for the visit, the EFCC chair urged them to work closely with the Commission on issues relating to financial crimes especially leakages in government and information sharing.