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Maritime leader hails fight against economic, financial crimes

12 February 2014, 09:56Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The chairperson of the Nigerian Maritime Expo (NIMAREX) Planning Committee, Margaret Onyema-Orakwusi, has commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for its efforts to rid the Nigeria society of such crimes.

Onyema-Orakwusi gave the commendation during a courtesy visit to the Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde in his office. She said her visit was to brief the EFCC chairman on the forthcoming international maritime exhibition and conference.

The event is scheduled for Lagos between March 10 and 12.

The NIMAREX executive appealed to the commission to take a stand at the fair to showcase and educate stakeholders on its activities.

She said the Commission deserved to have a place at the fair because it has a lot of credibility in the discharge of its duties.

“We need them (participants) to be educated. EFCC comes with a lot of credibility. We want you to be visible during the fair. It becomes necessary that we have you on ground during the fair,” Onyema-Orakwusi said.

She disclosed that participants at the fair will include both local and foreign investors said investors would be encouraged by an assurance from the EFCC that should anything happen to their investment; there is an organization they can report to and seek justice.

Onyema-Orakwusi also lamented that despite the fact that Nigeria is a major oil producer the country loses a lot of money to shipment as it has no shipping line of its own.  

She said the coming together of various participants at the expo would enhance growth in the sector and bring about development.

Lamorde agreed that the maritime industry is critical to the nation’s economic development.  

He said that the commission would be at the event to showcase its activities while assuring investors of the safety of their investment.

“We are interested in going there. We find it an opportunity to learn and network,” said Lamorde.

– CAJ News

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