28 February 2013

Nigeria: Scandal at the Ports - ICPC Deploys 69 Risk Assessors

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other-Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has concluded arrangement to deploy about 69 corruption risk assessors to the various ports nationwide, particularly at the Nigeria Customs Service posts to checkmate import and export scandals.

The commission chairman, Mr. Ekpo Nta, made disclosure during a courtesy call on him by the leadership of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) led by its director-general, Dr. Joseph Odumodu, yesterday in Abuja.

"The assessors had recently concluded a course on prevention of all kinds of abuse and irregularities in the conduct of official business. When fully operational, they have the mandate of tackling the menace of unbridled importation of sub-standard products into the country. The commission's director of education, will be leading that team that has been set up for that purpose," Nta said.

The chairman urged SON to set manufacturing standards for foreign companies who intend to produce goods in the country saying such standards would make it a punishable offence for any of the firms which compromise on its quality and standards.

He said, "What we cannot export to other countries, we keep our shops wide open. The concern being raised by SON actually comes to us."

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