VON officially takes over new headquarters

Rahila.L & Omolayo.A, Abuja

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The Management of Voice of Nigeria, VON, has officially taken over its new Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria.

This followed the handing over ceremony by the Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, at the new office, plot 1386, Oda Crescent Wuse 2, Abuja.

Interior of VON’s new building.

The Director General, Voice of Nigeria, Mr Osita Okechukwu said it was a dream come true.

While addressing the Chairman Board of Directors, Mr Ibrahim Buba, he said: “Chairman, permit me to note that without your strident fight against corruption, VON could have remained a squatter, 28 years after relocating to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.”

“By this milestone achievement, you are making VON a major beneficiary of one of the fruits of President Muhammadu Buhari’s patriotic anti-graft war.”

“This is especially when we remember the numerous challenges, the uncountable obstacles and the temptations. We are proud of your steadfast, candour and sagacity in standing firmly by us during our trying times,” he said.

The VON Chairman Board of Directors, Mr Ibrahim Buba, stated that Voice of Nigeria has reaped the benefits of the fight against corruption by President Muhammadu Buhari by moving into the edifice.

Buba urged VON Directors to work hard and make good use of the building by standing out.

“I call on you to quickly go back to work and realise the philosophy for which VON is set up,” he said.

He pledged the support of VON to the EFCC and the fight against corruption noting that he cannot wait for the acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu to be confirmed.

Mr Buba therefore thanked the EFCC for achieving such a mile stone.

The Acting Chairman, EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, represented by the Commission’s Secretary, Mr Ola Olukoyode stated that the ceremony was an evidence that the present administration’s fight against corruption was yielding result.

He however emphasised the need for the spirit of integrity to be inculcated into the younger generations for the fight against corruption to be won and sustained.

“I would like to thank you for putting this together. This is an epoch moment in the history of Nigeria. It is not just about the ceremony, but what it stands for,” he said.

He said without the fight against corruption the occasion wouldn’t have been possible.

He also noted that if the fight against corruption is sustained, more than 70% of Nigeria’s problems are solved.

“We are very optimistic that we are going to win this battle. We will not allow few people to bring us down. We will follow them, fight them and bring them down and this is an evidence that they will all go down,” he added.

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