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Agencies warn government on corruption at ports

10 December 2013, 11:35

Lagos -  The country’s top anti-corruption agencies have advised government to revisit some concession agreements reached with port management companies.

This is in light of massive corruption discovered at various seaports in the country.

A report commissioned by Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), Bureau for Public Procurement and Technical Unit of Governance and Anti-Corruption Reform (TUGAR) noted that concession was a major factor responsible for corruption in all sea port in the country.

The report assessed the corruption risks in Nigeria six ports, Lagos (Tin Can and Apapa), Calabar, Warri, Port Harcourt and Onne.

The report particularly alleged the terminal operator of Warri and Onne ports, Intels Nigeria Limited, of creating a state within a state in its management of the ports.

According to the report presented to the public by ICPC’s Chairman, Ekpo Nta, weak governance system, poor infrastructure and insecurity are some of the factor promoting corruption at the ports.

The report held that “indications for state capture exist particularly in Onne and Warri ports where concessions have been given to Intels as Terminal Operator exclusively for all oil and gas sector imports. As a result port users importing such goods have no choice as to which terminal operator to use.”

“Assessors report that port users complain of high handedness by Intels. The main claim is that Intels maintains coercive monopoly of logistics and support services in the oil and gas sector in four Nigerian ports (Onne in particular).”

The report therefore expressed the need for government to “take a second look” at these concessioning arrangements.

 – CAJ News


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