Vanguard (Lagos)

8 December 2012

Nigeria: EFCC to Commence Undercover Operations At Seaports

Abuja — The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it will commence undercover operations at the nation's seaports from Dec. 10, in a bid to sanitise operations at the ports.

The is contained in a statement signed by the Acting Head of Media of the commission, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, made available to reporters in Abuja on Friday.

The statement noted that the decision was taken when Prof. Sylvester Monye, the Special Adviser to the President on Performance Monitoring and Evaluation paid a courtesy visit to the EFCC Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Lamorde.

It quoted Lamorde as assuring the special adviser that the commission would do everything possible to ensure that the maritime industry moved to another level.

"I want to assure you that the maritime industry in Nigeria will succeed because we will do everything possible to ensure that.

"In fact, we will start deploying our people to the ports from Monday to make sure that people that are not needed are removed."

The statement noted that Prof. Monye had earlier informed the EFCC chairman that his visit

was to seek the commission's assistance in tackling some of the challenges undermining the port reform efforts.

He said "certain individuals and agencies of government are deliberately thwarting the efforts of government at sanitising the nation's ports.

He added that the Port Reform Committee was poised to remove all obstacles in the way of efficient clearing process at the ports.

"The reason why the committee is bringing EFCC into the issue is that these agencies are part of the committee's problem," he said. (NAN)

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