The acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has described as systematic and endemic the corruption in the maritime sector and among other players in the transportation industry
He made the remark on Monday during a walk against corruption in the transportation sector organised by the agencies in the transportation sector in partnership with the commission.
The march, which began at the EFCC office in Wuse 2, went up to the Three Arms Zone and was collapsed into an anti-corruption conference.
“There is a lot of corruption in the maritime sector. It has become systemic and endemic. So we need a holistic approach to fight it. I know we had a lot of issues in NIMASA, in NPA and other areas,” Mr. Magu said.
Commenting, the executive secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council, Mr. Hassan Bello, said if corruption in the maritime and entire transportation sector is eliminated, other sectors will follow suit.
The walk is an “effort to support the federal government’s fight against corruption.”
“We are focusing on the maritime and transportation sector of the economy because of its significance; it should be free from corruption.
“I know we try every day and the audits have shown that corruption is being defeated. However, we still need to do more hence the partnership with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and ICPC,” he stated.
Bello also said “We want audit of the various agencies in the transportation sector. This is to ensure there is no corruption internally and also in dealing with the private sector,” he emphasized.
He added that “another critical thing to do and do away with corruption is the deployment of appropriate technology. The moment you deploy technology, you eliminate human interface, delays and ultimately reduce corruption.
“There is one audit that the minister of Transportation has started. We are auditing on our processes, procedures and staffing. We have to be accountable. If we free transportation from corruption, other agencies will follow,” he noted.