Monday, December 10, 2012

EFCC Takes Anti-Graft War To Nigerian Ports Today

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has announced its intention to take its anti-graft war to the nation’s ports on Monday, in a bid to sanitise the country of corruption. EFCC Chairman,
Ibrahim Lamorde, disclosed this on Friday, in Abuja, while receiving the Special Adviser to the President on Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Professor Sylvester Monye, in his office.
“I assure you that we all understand the importance of the maritime industry in Nigeria, and we will do everything possible to make sure that your activities are successful. In fact, we will start deploying our people to the ports from Monday, to make sure that people that are not needed there are removed,” he promised.
Prof. Monye had earlier informed the EFCC chairman that certain individuals and agencies of government were deliberately thwarting the efforts of government at sanitising the nation’s ports, thus seeking the commission’s assistance in tackling some of the challenges.
“We have situations where agencies of government deliberately mount obstacles to generate pecuniary. The idea is that the more delay you have, the more likely people pay up,” he said.
Monye further reiterated the Port Reform Committee’s readiness to remove all obstacles in the way of efficient clearing process at the ports.
“The reason we are bringing EFCC into the whole thing is that these agencies are part of the problem, and when you have agencies of government constituting themselves as bottlenecks

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