The National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) has a shortage of employees to cover the country at this stage, said the chief of the anti-graft body on Thursday.
Muhammad Al-Sharif was speaking at the opening of the Nazaha’s branch in Dammam, inaugurated by Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif. Abdullah Abdul-Qader, deputy president of the Nazaha, and other officials also attended the gathering.
“We don’t have enough employees. We only have 400 employees at the moment,” he said. However, there are plans to open more Nazaha offices in every city in the Kingdom, he said.
Al-Sharif said the Nazaha opened a branch in Dammam because the Eastern Province was expanding rapidly. It is renting a building in Dammam but owns land where it can build eventually.
The Nazaha now has three branches including those in Makkah and Asir established in December.
Al-Sharif also praised the Passport Department for promising to sort out delays in processing the paperwork of commuters heading to and from Bahrain on the King Fahd Causeway.
“We responded to the complaints of citizens. We hope the Passport Department delivers on their promises to improve and meet the expectations of the people,” he said.
He said the Nazaha has prepared several reports on corrupt activities involving government projects that it sent “confidentially” to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for further action.
He said the Nazaha submitted two reports to the Shoura Council and investigation agencies.