Issuance of the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering, SCUML, Certificates by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will start soon as the Commission has set in motion the process for the production of new certificates to replace the old ones.
The issuance of the old certificates was suspended, according to a statement by Wilson Uwujaren, Head, Media & Publicity of EFCC, as “an administrative measure designed to bring the agency to full compliance with its statutory responsibilities and obligations under the new Money laundering Act, 2022.”
The new Act, he said, “fundamentally altered the existing regulatory framework and substantially invalidates the certificates issued by SCUML, which did not reflect its new status as an agency fully domiciled in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.”
According to the statement, it “therefore became imperative to suspend the issuance of the old certificates until a new one that takes into account the new regulatory environment is printed. Being a security document, there are processes involved in printing the new document.
“However, SCUML is delighted to announce that the procurement process for the production of the new certificates have been concluded and, very soon, successful applicants will begin to receive notification to collect their certificates as machinery have been set in motion to ensure that the backlog is cleared with dispatch.”
While expressing awareness of the difficulties currently being experienced by successful applicants for the SCUML Certificate,” the EFCC said that their “clarification should guide the public understanding of the situation as it relates to SCUML certificates” stressing that the delay being experienced “is purely administrative and has nothing to do with inefficiency as imputed in some quarters.
“SCUML empathises with genuine applicants for the difficulties of the past few days but assures that all arrangements have been made to ensure that the process is returned to the established order of prompt and excellent service delivery.”