Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has reiterated its commitment to eliminate corruption and other sharp practices at the nation’s sea ports.
The Director, consumer Affairs Department, Azuka Ogo, disclosed this at a two-day workshop on ‘’Corruption Risk Assessment and Implementation of Integrity Plan’’ held in Lagos, recently.
Ogo also said that the ~council had been collaborating with many local and international organizations to eliminate corruption and bottlenecks associated with Customs processes and clearance of goods at the country’s seaports.
She also stressed that the agency has equally held series of round table conferences to proffer a lasting solution the problems facing port users.
Azuka Ogo unveiled the Council’s plans to establish a port operational tool within the single Window system to enhance development of the port sector.
‘’The NSC has been taking note of the outcome of a survey which shows a large number of government official request facilitation of payments in the ports. The request varies from port to port and the survey also shows refusals to pay, delays and allegations of irregularities of documentation or operations between 2014 and 2015’’, she said.
The Nigerian Shippers’ Council as economic port regulator, she said, is to transform the ports to regional maritime hub in Africa.
She also stressed that the agency is struggling through thick and thin in ensuring the attainment of international best practices at the ports.
In a message at the workshop, the Country Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Pa Lamin Beyai, said that the organization was set up to strengthen accountability and respect the rule of law.
Beyai, who was represented by the Programme Associate of UNDP, Segun Olusola, also said that the organisation had the capacity at both the Federal and State level for coordination of law reforms and service delivery for justice in the sector.