Workers of Deposit Money Bank, DMB insist that the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC should focus its asset declaration initiative on the managing directors of banks and other agencies of government.
Abdulrasheed Bawa, EFCC Chairman, had earlier alerted bankers that the agency would be demanding their asset declaration starting from June 1.
According to Bawa, the decision was in lieu of the Bank Employees Declaration of Asset Act provisions.
Reacting to the commissions’ statement, during an interview with newsmen, bankers under the auspices of National Union of Banks, Insurance, and Financial Institutions Employees ask EFCC to review its position.
Speaking on behalf of workers, the Deputy General Secretary, NUBIFIE, Sola Aboderin, said, “We are not against any policy of the government to checkmate fraudulent activities either in the financial institutions or the country as a whole.
Sola Aboderin, the Deputy General Secretary of NUBIFIE, while speaking on behalf of workers, said, “We are not against any policy of the government to checkmate fraudulent activities either in the financial institutions or the country as a whole.
“But what we are concerned about is why single out banks? What about the Nigerian Port Authority, NNPC (Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation), and other organizations?
“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?”
Aboderin said, “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 are the bank workers. The CBN has said that about 90 percent 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.”
He added, “I’m telling you that if you enter into the branch of any bank today, hardly will you find more than three or four people working as real staff of the bank. The rest are the outsourced staff.
“From the gate to the teller, note cashier, marketer, etc., they are all outsourced staff. So who do they want to investigate? If they really want to investigate, then they should go and investigate the MDs of banks.”