Limited funding hampers fight against corruption in ports, says CIPC

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission blamed limited funding for the agency’s inability to effectively tackle corruption at the country’s ports.

The anti-corruption agency, in a statement posted on its official Facebook page, also reiterated its commitment to fighting corruption in Nigerian ports.

The Chairman of the ICPC, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, Nigeria’s Chief Advocate, revealed this when the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Shippers Council, Emmanuel Jime, paid him a courtesy call at the commission’s headquarters recently.

“Statutory we should help but realistically we are unable to cope due to limited funding and staffing”

Owasanoye noted that while Nigeria had the ability to achieve and sustain a robust economy, its biggest challenge was its inability to stem economic leakage.

The ICPC boss explained that the country’s economy was bleeding due to the high level of corruption and corrupt activities taking place in the ports.

He reiterated that the situation had damaged the reputation of the country, adding that foreign investors no longer had an interest in investing in the country, many of them transferring their investments to neighboring countries.

Owasanoye pledged the continued support of the commission in the fight against corruption in ports through the joint efforts of the Permanent Ports Task Force.

According to him, the inability to have dedicated officers stationed full-time in ports affects the fight against corruption in ports.

“The commission also partners with other government agencies such as the Federal Road Safety Corps, Department of State Safety, among others, to prevent corrupt activities and promote accountability and transparency in their processes”

He therefore maintained that the collaboration of the two agencies would be done in a pragmatic way.

Owasanoye assured that the commission was ready to explore the best ways to curb corrupt practices in Nigerian ports.

Earlier in his address, Jime had expressed his gratitude to the ICPC for its collaborative support in the fight against corruption in ports which he said has improved the economic growth and development of the country.

“Since the adoption of the Nigerian Ports Process Manual, a lot has been achieved in port regulations, including zero tolerance for cash and souvenir gratuity, reduction in average ship demurrage and average resolution time complaints, savings of over $6. m for the country through reduced demurrage charges, among other achievements”

He, however, requested the direct attachment of ICPC staff to the special intervention task force to carry out investigations and other operational activities that would strengthen the fight against corruption in the ports.

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