The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Peterside Dakuku, has stated that the Agency is making efforts to raise consciousness and awareness on the negative impact of corruption, especially in the maritime sector.
Dakuku who made this known on Monday at a press interview during the anti-corruption walk, said that corruption normally benefit a narrow few and makes lots of others suffer, which is the reason NIMASA, a sector that is strategic to the live wire of the country deemed it fit to create awareness on the consequences.
He noted that the walk was to join the rest of the world to mark the anti-corruption day, and to sensitize the citizens on the negative impact of corruption to development, adding that this year, the anti-corruption agency— EFCC and agencies in the maritime sector are focusing on the maritime sector.
According to him, “We are focusing on maritime because we are a country that depends on imports and exports for survival and by extension for growth. 90 percent of our exports leave the country via sea borne transportation, and 90 per cent of the imports that come into this country, come through seaborne transportation.
“It means that the sector is strategic to the economic life of our country. That sector is critical to the living standard of our people, to the employment of our people and indeed for growth in our nation.
“If the sector is riddled by corruption, it affects the cost of goods and services, there is always an opportunity cost for corruption,” he emphasized.
He also stated that corruption manifest in many forms, it includes the fact that you pay for services and you don’t get those services, it includes the fact that ultimately the Nigerian people will pay for it.
“When you see corruption, you think it is between two people, you don’t know that the ultimate consumer of the goods is also paying for that corrupt act that has taken place either at the port or in the process of clearing the goods or at any port”, he said.