(Press Release)The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, will on Monday December 10, 2012, commence undercover operations at the nation’s ports as part of efforts aimed at sanitizing port operations.
Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, Executive Chairman, EFCC, dropped this hint on Friday December 7, 2012, while receiving the Special Adviser to the President on Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Professor Sylvester Monye, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja .
“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 the work you are doing is successful. In fact, we will start deploying our people to the Ports from Monday to make sure that people that are not needed are removed”, he promised.
Earlier, Prof. Monye had informed the EFCC Chairman that he had come to seek the Commission’s assistance in tackling some of the challenges undermining the port reform efforts. He noted that certain individuals and agencies of government are deliberately thwarting the efforts of government at sanitizing the nation’s ports.
In his words “we have situations where agencies of government deliberately mount obstacles for them to generate pecuniary benefits for themselves. The idea is that the more delay you have, the more likely people pay up.”
He further disclosed that the Port Reform Committee is poised to remove all obstacles in the way of efficient clearing process at the ports.
“The reason why we are bringing EFCC into the whole thing is that these agencies are part of the problem. Where you have agencies of government constituting themselves into bottlenecks, we need to remove these bottlenecks’’, he declared.