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ICPC partner Aviation ministry on curbing corruption at airports

Low level corruption has become something of a bane in the society and the nation’s airports are not exempt and it is against this veil that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the ministry of aviation have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to combat this vice at all the airports in the country.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting held at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in Lagos, ICPC chairman, Mr. Ekpo Nta said part of the strategies to stamp out corruption would include mandatory training on ethics and integrity at the anti-graft agency’s academy for personnel of all stakeholders deployed to work at the airports.
He said the agreement would also involve a comprehensive system study of the ministry of aviation, its parastatals as well as continuous sensitisation of air travellers and foreigners who use the airports not to compromise with offers of tips or bribes and report unwholesome acts to the ICPC.
Also speaking, the minister of aviation, Mr. Osita Chidoka said corruption as “is “roadblock to national economic development.”
“Corruption destroys processes and truncate outcomes. It does not create a level playing field,” he stressed.
According to Chidoka, this trend contributes a great deal to part of the bad image the country makes for itself as workers around the airports look for ways to exploit passengers for jobs they are being paid to do.
He directed the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) to flush out touts at the arrival hall of the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, within two weeks.
He said the ministry would also interface with the Lagos state government to set up mobile courts at Lagos Airport for speedy trial and prosecution of persons arrested for touting and other unwholesome practices.
“I get very worried over the crowding of passengers and airport personnel around the check in areas. This must be reviewed because we have to find better ways of processing passengers. I am equally getting worried about touting at the airports.
He also charged FAAN to terminate the contract with the concessionaire providing trolleys at the airport.
“I do not see the need for FAAN to concession trolley services. Once the duration of the current concession on trolley services is over, FAAN has to cancel it,” he said.
Besides, he ordered aviation agencies at the airports to work out strategies to that would improve interaction between them and passengers without necessarily giving the country a bad reputation on travel experiences through the airports.
Meanwhile, the minister said government would install new close circuit television cameras at major international airports to provide surveillance and check corrupt practices “The installation of brand new close circuit television cameras at strategic places around the airports would deter airport workers from either soliciting for bribes or tips as it has become one of the sore points in the travel experience of many Nigerians using international airports,” he said.
He added that with the right technology in place, passengers could have a near seamless clearance that would reduce points of conflict which give rise to temptation for corrupt practices.

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