The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), and other agencies of the Federal Ministry of Transportation in collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), are organizing a One-Day Summit on anti-corruption.
The summit with the theme “Zero Tolerance for Corruption in the Maritime sector”, is expected to have in attendance President Muhammadu Buhari, the Ghanaian President, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, Legislature, Financial institutions, and critical stakeholders in the Maritime Industry.
According to a statement by the Executive Secretary/ CEO, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Hassan Bello, the summit which will be held on December 9, 2019 at Banquet Hall, State house Aso Rock, Abuja, will also feature a road walk by 7am at EFCC Zonal Office Wuse II.
According to Bello, “The maritime and transport sectors are strong catalysts for socio-economic development of any nation particularly as it concerns businesses, markets, countries and people/citizens.
“The summit is based on the challenge that despite the gains recorded in the fight against corruption in all sectors of the economy, the maritime transport sector has remained vulnerable to unwholesome practices.
“Capital flight and fiscal leakages that have plagued the sector is worrisome,” he said.
He added that the objective of the joint Summit, therefore, is to highlight the areas of corrupt practices in the sector and collectively develop strategies to curb the menace threatening the economies of most African nations.
It is expected that a roadmap that would reduce considerably corrupt practices would be generated at the end of the Summit, as well as sustainable structures that will guarantee predictability, efficiency and transparency in the industry.