By Emma Okereh
In an effort to block leakages and recover unremitted revenue to government coffers, the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) and the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) have concluded arrangements in the area of monitoring and blocking of leakages in the remitting of generated revenues accruable to the Federation account by the revenue generating and collecting agencies.
A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of RMAFC, Chris Nwachukwu and made available to The Authority, explained that the Chairman of the Commission, Engr. Elias Mbam stated this during a courtesy visit to the acting Chairman of EFCC, Mr Mohammed Umar in Abuja.
He further stated that Engr. Mbam appreciated the EFCC particularly in its fight against corruption noting that the fight should not be left to EFCC alone but should be a collective responsibility by every Nigerian. He enjoined all Nigerian to regard the fight against corruption is a civic responsibility.
The statement also reads; ‘’While briefing the acting chairman of EFCC, the RMAFC boss stated that RMAFC is one of the fourteen executive bodies provided in the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria ( as amended) with each state of the Federation including FCT represented and its responsibility includes monitoring of revenue accruals and disbursement from the Federation account.
Mbam further stated that in the current dwindled revenue informed by oil crisis which is the main source of revenue to the federation account has given more need for RMAFC to collaborate with EFCC in monitoring and enforcement in the area of revenue generation and collections. This he noticed will minimize revenue leakage and maximize remittance of accrued revenue to Government.
In his reaction, the acting Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Mohammed Umar thanked the Chairman and members of RMAFC for their visit and their readiness to partner with EFCC in its fight against corruption arising from revenue leakages. He promised to collaborate with RMAFC to ensure that revenue leakage to Federation account is blocked and timely remitted to the Federation account.
The EFCC acting boss however requested that RMAFC should spell out areas of concentration in the working synergy.