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Stakeholders brainstorm on eliminating unethical practices in port operations, entrench efficiency

Stakeholders brainstorm on eliminating unethical practices in port operations, entrench efficiency

 

 

 

Happy Diamond Age

Segun Oladipupo

 

Stakeholders have emphasised the need for elimination of unethical practices in port operations and entrench integrity and forthrightness for efficiency and confidence in the sector.

The call was re-echoed at the maiden Ethics and integrity leadership training for port ste control officers in Ikoyi, Lagos on Monday.

Speaking, the Chairman of Abuja Memorandum of Understanding for West and Central African Region, Ebrima Sillah, he told the participants that the need for ethical practice and integrity cannot be over emphasised.

He maintained that despite efforts to rid the sector of corruption, there are still givers and takers of bribes saying there is need for officers to conduct themselves ethically.

Siliah who doubles as the Minister of Transport, Works and Infrastructure of Gambia, added that “There is need for officers to conduct themselves ethically. There is need to call for ethical practice in the ecosystem

“There is need to bring in the well desired change for port control officers.

“Let us strive to fight corruption in the sector

“Shipping is an important up taker of our continent hence the need for ethical practice and integrity cannot be over emphasized..”

Earlier, the Vice Chairman, AMoU, Gboyega Oyetola, who is also the Nigeria’s Minister of Marine and Blue Economy called on the port state officers to understand the importance of ethics

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According to Oyetola,.ethical practice would allow for accountable maritime.sector.

He therefore called for collective efforts among all players to entrench the needed integrity in the industry.

His words, “We must know the importance of ethics as port control officers. It will allow for accountable Maritime sector

“Together, let us pave the way for Maritime.integtiyy,” he admonished.

Also speaking, the representative of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN), Vivek Menon stated that the efforts of the network has yielded significant results in both the ship and cargo examination sides.

He also .emphasised that Integrity, professionalism, transparency among other virtues are the core values of.AMoU.

Mr Menon charged the officers on the need to put into practice the ethical values and the principles

“How do we ensure that people work with the integrity and all the principles

“It.is not just a training, we want to engage in ethics and be able to collaborate in building capacity.”

The Ambassador of Denmark to Nigeria, Sune Krogstrup, represented by Jette Bdellum who expressed happiness about the training, added that the training was germane because of the socio economic growth abd development of the sector..

She said, “Improving the maritime sector is important to Danish government. We have a.long history, we he one of the largest merchant vessels in the world. We are number 5 in the world in terms of fleet. Without leadership, nothing happens.”

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