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69 assessors deployed by ICPC to check port fraud

Independent Corrupt Practices and other-related offences Commission is said to have deployed 69 risk assessors to the nation’s ports in check import and export scandals. Already, the assessors have concluded a course on prevention of all manner of abuses in the ports.

Mr. Ekpo Nta, Chairman, ICPC, said this on Wednesday in Abuja when the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Director-General, Dr. Joseph Odumodu, visited him. Nta urged SON to set standards for foreign companies that plan to produce goods in the country saying such regulation would make it a punishable offence for any firm that compromises its quality.

He stated, “What we cannot export to other countries, we keep our shops wide open. The concern raised by SON actually comes to us. Incidentally, I was in Calabar last week to attend the graduation of 69 corruption risk assessors trained for the first time in this part of the world. It is convergence of idea that we have already started work on.

“Your agency, the Customs, Plant Quarantine, Immigration and others involved in the import-export regime will certainly work with us to make this a success. You cannot take any fruit into Israel as I speak to you, yet everything can come into Nigeria. “So, we want to find out how these things are coming in and what quality in terms of corruption risk assessment. It is not our function to look at quality. That is why we are going to have somebody from your agency, collaborating with the team.”

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