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“Only compliance to SOPs can help sustain Anti-Corruption gains of PSTT” – Soji Apampa, CEO, CBI

"Only compliance to SOPs can help sustain Anti-Corruption gains of PSTT" - Soji Apampa, CEO, CBI

 

Convention on Business Integrity (CBI) has said that the Anti-Corruption feats achieved at the quay and cargo sides, cannot be sustained except government officials, port operators imbibe the culture of compliance to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in port operations

The Chief Executive Officer of CBI, Mr. Soji Apampa stated this on the sideline shortly after the completion of a two-day training tagged: Capacity Building on Compliance Function and Leadership for Port Officials, organise by CBi in conjunction with Maritime Anti-Corruption Agency (MACN), Technical Unit on Governance and Anti-Corruption Reform (TUGAR) held on Wednesday and Thursday, 19th and 20th April, 2023.

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The training which attracted officials of the Nigeria Customs Service, Port Health, ICPC, NDLEA, Nigeria Shippers’ Council, Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), truck owners, freight forwarders, private operators, among others, deliberated on how to sustain the gains of the Port Standing Task Team (PSTT).

Mr. Apampa quipped that the training was aimed at training the trainers in order to help change the perception of people towards leadership in their various work places.

Giving the statistics of impact of the reforms since 2019, he maintained that there have been tremendous improvements in corrupt demand cases at the port especially from ship captains.

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According to him, “In 2019, we recorded 266 cases of corrupt demands in vessel clearance, that fell to 128 cases in 2020, fell to 84 cases in 2021, fell further to about 50 cases in 2022 and we will see how many cases there are in 2023. Those are the facts that I have. There has been tremendous improvements in that area,” he enthused.

He added that the import of the training is to spread the compliance gospel among the port users and government officials to reduce the cases of corruot demands in vessel clearance.

His words, “We know that the work of PSTT is gaining ground and we also know that the PSTT and the extended PSTT cannot be everywhere because some places where they have to enforce Standard Operating Procedures and following the Nigerian Port Process Manual, can be 200 nautical miles offshore so.except they replicate themselves, and except everybody imbibes the culture of compliance, you will not be able to sustain it.

“So, what we had in mind was to inspire the officers who are involved to also inspire their own men to be more compliant.

“Many people.feel because they are not the leaders they cannot be leaders but we are trying to show that you can lead your bosses, your peers and your subordinates.

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“So, this programme is to expose them to those possibilities so that compliance can be stronger

“My assessment is that people have been inspired, people have seen possibilities, they have been challenged and many people will go back and instead.of saying why are they doing this to me, they will say what can I do and how can I do it to make sure this no longer happens.

“Once they give themselves action points and start doing them, leadership has come to their levels. I think many people will go home with that start of leadership and that will be a good plus for the two days

“The whole world is looking at you and the whole world is impressed with what you are doing in Nigeria. The world is saying how has Nigeria achieved this, we are impressed, we too need to go and tidy up our own house. That’s how the world is reacting,” he said.

 

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