Bank workers in the country have advised the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to focus on Managing Directors of banks and government agencies in its latest request for asset declaration forms from bank workers in the country.
The National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE), through its Deputy General Secretary, Sola Aboderin, gave the advice on Wednesday in reaction to a statement by the Chairman of the EFCC, Abdurasheed Bawa, who said the decision was in line with the provisions of the Bank Employees Declaration of Asset Act.
While asking the anti-graft agency to review the decision, the bank workers said although the group was not against the policy of government to checkmate fraudulent activities in financial institutions and the country, it stands against the focus on only banks.
Aboderin said: “But what we are concerned about is why single out banks? What about the Nigerian Port Authority, NNPC (Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation) and other organisations?
“Why are they particular about banks? We are not saying they should not check the illegality in the transfer of funds but why focus on banks?
“Another thing is that they said, bank workers. Now, who are the bank workers? They should go to CBN (Central Bank of Nigeria) and ask who the bank workers are. The CBN has said that about 90 per cent of those working in banks are not bank workers.
“So if you are saying tellers, marketers and others are not bank workers, then fine. In that case, they (EFCC) should focus on the MDs (managing directors) of banks.”