By Ajibola Abayomi,
July 10, 2018.
Nigerians have been counseled to embrace anti-corruption drive to put paid to several leakages in the economy.
This was the submission of both the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) at a one day seminar organised by Association of Maritime Journalists of Nigeria and the House of Representatives.
The programme held at Rockview Hotel, Apapa Lagos last Thursday was tagged “The Danger of Revenue Leakage to the Nigeria Economy” was chaired by Chairman, House of Reps Committee on Anti-Corruption, Hon Akinloye Babajide.
The lawmaker urged Nigerians to be more vigilant to combat corruption at all levels.
Babajide said the electorate must a leading role to stop linkages in the economy.
Deputy Commissioner (Legal), ICPC headquarters, Mr Adenekan Shogunle who represented the Acting Chairman of the ICPC said war against corruption required collective support to succeed.
He charges all captains of industries and heads of government agencies and their subjects to subscribe to anti-corruption crusade in order to sustain the economy.
For ICPC, he said the commission had been adopting systematic approach to tame people cutting corners within the nation by addressing the root cause of their actions based on pressure, oppourtunity and rationalism.
Contrary to assumption in some quarters that the agency was not doing enough, he said several progresses had been made through the intervention of ICPC targeted at at preventing corrupt tendencies.
He revealed that ICPC had already compiled names of individuals already prosecuted and those facing trials in the recent times for publication.
Making his own presentation, the Comptroller General of NCS, Hammed Ali represented Assistant Comptroller; Aminu Dahiru said there was need for continued proactive measures to counter revenue linkages.
He said NCS, a revenue and collection agency has deviced several technological concepts to further frustrate smugglers at ports and land boarders .
Dahiru noted that smugglers had been attempting to cheat the federal government through false declaration, falsification of documents, wrong declaration, under valuation and waiver.
He posited all hands must be on deck to build public trust and confidence in NCS to deliver on its mandate.
The ACG argued “that linkage if not tackled would lead to reduction in the in the voluntary compliance with customs laws and regulations which could lead to less revenue available for citizens welfare, infrastructure and national development.”
He however said that the NCS was committed to its functions on trade facilitation and revenue transparency in line with the World Customs Organization’s Revised Convention and Arusha Declaration on Customs integrity.