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CBI Board Member, Mrs. Toki Mabogunje Elected as President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI)

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L-R :Husband of the new LCCI President, Oluseun Mabogunoje; Immediate Past President LCCI, Babatunde Ruwase Paul; President LCCI, Mrs. Toki Maboguje; National President of NACCIMA, Hajiya Saratu Aliyu and Past President, LCCI, Chief John Odeyemi,

Mrs. Toki Mabogunje, who serves as a director on the board of the Integrity Organization/Convention on Business Integrity for several years, was elected as the president of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) during their 131st annual general meeting which held on the 5th of December 2019.

Her investiture took place on Saturday, 7th December 2019 at a lavish ceremony held at the Eko Hotel & Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Mrs. Mabogunje is a business consultant interested in the growth of small and medium enterprises on the African continent. She has a degree in Law from the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University Nigeria, an LLM in International Business Law from the University of Exeter, England.

Over the last 33 years, Mrs. Mabogunje has been involved in commercial and business enterprise from both a public and private sector perspective. She was the immediate past vice-president of the LCCI and has also served as the chairperson of its membership committee, a council member of the Business Club Ikeja; former Vice-President South-West NASME, Director of Negotiation and Conflict Management Group (NCMG), Director of Shelter Origins, super mentor NNEW, among others.

CBI, Action Aid Nigeria & LCCI Collaborate To Strengthen Ethics and Governance For MSMEs In Nigeria

CBI, Action Aid Nigeria & LCCI Collaborate To Strengthen Ethics and Governance For MSMEs In Nigeria

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As part of its advocacy for deepening the capacity and scale of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, MSMEs, in Nigeria the Convention on Business Integrity (CBi) in collaboration with Action Aid and the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), hosted the formal unveiling of the “Ethics Quite Easily Demonstrated” platform in Lagos.

Addressing the audience in a keynote message, the CEO of CBi Nigeria, Mr. Soji Apampa, said the event was an opportunity to explore how MSMEs could improve their chances of growth and survival, despite the challenges they face in the country. 

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Business Integrity Initiative: Changing the Way We Do Business in Africa?

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230,000+ UK SMEs need to export to Africa without engaging in corruption. They need clean business partners and intermediaries. Is this a business opportunity for your country? If your country is anything like mine (Nigeria) where corruption is endemic, pervasive and systemic, you will know the business case for spending scarce funds on demonstrating anti-corruption compliance is not that easy to make.

  1. How businesses in Nigeria win and retain business does not receive that much regulatory attention to warrant any change in behaviour.
  2. Not enough buyers of goods and services in Nigeria require integrity as a condition for engagement.
  3. Acting with integrity is seen by most local companies as a moral, but impractical, nice-to-have, given the generally corrupt environment in which they operate.

Highlights from the Abuja Round Table on Service Delivery in Nigerian Ports

Highlights from the Abuja Round Table on Service Delivery in Nigerian Ports

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The second in a series of round table sessions on service delivery in Nigerian ports took place on the 22nd of October in Abuja and was hosted by the Convention on Business Integrity (CBI) on behalf of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) and with support from the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).

The objective of these MACN events is to launch a series of interventions aimed at promoting transparency and consistent application of Standard Operating Procedures leading to more predictable (in time and cost) vessel and cargo clearance at the Ports & Terminals.

Stakeholders at the event also have took advantage of the opportunity to be part of the ongoing collective action to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our ports and terminals.

CBi Tasks Operators in Eastern Nigerian Ports to Actively Engage the PSSP Platform

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The Convention on Business Integrity, CBi, called on operators and stakeholders at the Eastern ports and terminal axis, to engage the Port Service Support Portal, PSSP, domiciled in the Nigeria Shippers Council but designed to drive efficiency and accountability in the sector.

CEO of CBi Nigeria Mr. Soji Apampa made this point at the end of the Port Harcourt edition of the Maritime roundtable.

The forum which is organized by CBi in collaboration with the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network, MACN through the Business Action Against Corruption, BAAC discussed “Service Delivery at the Nigerian South-South and southeast axis of ports and terminals.”

Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) to hold Roundtable Session on “Service Delivery at the Nigerian Ports”

Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) to hold Roundtable Session on “Service Delivery at the Nigerian Ports”

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Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) to hold Roundtable Session on
“Service Delivery at the Nigerian Ports”

The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN), represented in Nigeria by
the Convention on Business Integrity (CBI), is set to host a roundtable session
themed, “Towards
Standard Operating Procedures That Work in Nigeria’s Sea Ports & Terminals”
on Tuesday, October 8th,
2019.

The Maritime
Anti-Corruption Network (MACN)

is a global business network working towards the vision of a maritime industry
free of corruption,  enabling fair trade
to the benefit of society at large. In collaboration with CBI, MACN broadened
its collective action in the fight against corruption under the Business Action
Against Corruption (BAAC) mandate.

Context

In 2012, the MACN, in collaboration with the United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP), the Technical Unit on Government and Anti-Corruption Reforms
(TUGAR), and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences
Commission (ICPC) commissioned a corruption risk assessment (CRA) in the
Nigerian port sector.

The assessment set out to understand the main drivers of corruption in
the sector, identify specific measures for addressing such drivers, and
catalyze action among public and private sector stakeholders.

The Corruption Risk Assessment report made specific recommendations for
action to eliminate corruption in the Nigerian port sector. Amongst the
recommendations was a proposal for ethics training and capacity-building
programs to strengthen transparency and accountability of port stakeholders.

As part of its collective action programme, in 2016 MACN contracted the
CBI to lead the training of ports officials on professional ethics. Pursuant to
this, the CBI conducted a round of ‘Training of Trainers’ in Lagos (Apapa and
Tin-Can Island ports), Port Harcourt (Onne and Rivers Port Complex), and
Calabar Port between 2016 and May 2017. Thereafter, an end-user training was
conducted for over 1000 stakeholders in the Ports between November 2017 and
March 2018.

In August 2019, CBI released its Ports User Survey
Report
following a customer survey done
in December 2018. The report addressed the following issues:

  • The lack of clear procedures and processes backed up by relevant laws
    (including obsolete laws and procedures) in many areas of port operation
    including such processes as Temporary Imports, Permanent Imports, Midstream Discharge,
    Emergency Importations (Hand carry policy) etc.
  • Exercise of discretionary powers by Customs officers, port agencies,
    Terminal Operators, and Stevedoring Companies including the discretionary
    powers to impose customs duties and tariffs, classification of goods, port
    charges and the potential disruption of operations of companies that depend on
    the ports for the importation of critical parts and goods for their operations.
  • Existence of a system of bottlenecks made possible due to wide
    discretionary powers of port officials and the likelihood for such powers to be
    used to create opportunities for graft and extortion of port users.
  • Payments for services not rendered by port agencies including the
    dredging of waterways by port users, payment to Stevedoring companies without
    any services being rendered, collection of pilotage fees in areas outside
    pilotage districts including international waters etc.
  • Lack of awareness of port users on the existence of the port agencies
    SOP.
  • Absence of complaints/feedback desks/redress mechanisms and the effectiveness of such where available.

One of the recommendations proposed is the need for experience sharing
sessions among Nigerian ports/terminals, customers/users, officials/officers,
management, government and their West African/European counterparts, in order
to enable the Nigerian groups to learn how to build and deploy integrity,
anticorruption governance strategies and build a positive business environment
going forward.

Specifically, the objective of this MACN event is to launch a series of
interventions aimed at promoting transparency and the consistent application of
Standard Operating Procedures leading to more predictable (in time and cost)
vessel and cargo clearance at the Ports & Terminals.

Stakeholders at the event would also have an opportunity to be part of
ongoing collective action to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our
ports and terminals.

Details of the Round-Table Session

Date:    Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

Venue: The Providence by Mantis Hotel- 12A Oba Akinjobi Way, Ikeja GRA,
Lagos (Same Street with Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral by Sobo
Arobiodu Roundabout).  

Time: 9.30am (Registration starts at 9am)

Target
Participants

Expected guests at this event include Directors General/CEOs of Port
Agencies, Relevant Regulatory Agencies, The Private sector, Port users as well
as the General Public.

Contact Details

Please do not hesitate to contact:

Yinka Johnson (07013715571) yinka.johnson@cbinigeria.com;
and

Kitan Babalola (08067829272) kitan.babalola@cbinigeria.com

You
can also join the conversation on our social media platforms @CBiNGR @IntegrityNGR and @BAAC_Nigeria using the hashtags #CBiMaritime
and #CBiRoundtable  

About
CBi

The Convention on Business Integrity (CBI), a Company Limited by
Guarantee is the private sector facing arm of the Integrity organisation. CBi
was launched in October 1997 and incorporated as a company limited by guarantee
in May 2003. The organization was established with the mission of promoting
ethical business Practices, transparency and fair competition in the private
and public sectors. It builds coalitions and develops sustainable strategies
for citizen involvement with government in both sectors.

About MACN

The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) is a global business network
working towards the vision of a maritime industry free of corruption that
enables fair trade to the benefit of society at large. Established in 2011 by a
small group of committed maritime companies, MACN has grown to include over 100
members globally, and has become one of the pre-eminent examples of collective
action to tackle corruption.

Information & Advisory Services – Business Innovation Facility

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Dairy Market – Business Innovation Facility

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Why Huawei’s Google woes worry Africa

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Most Africans connecting to the internet today are likely to be using a Chinese smartphone, powered by a Chinese-built network, and at least half of the time, it was built by Chinese tech giant, Huawei. Read more

Stakeholders place cost of Apapa traffic at trillions of Naira

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Apart from the man-hour losses, they also list the steady increase in the volume of Nigerian bound cargoes that are being diverted to ports of neighbouring countries. Read more

‘Nigeria losing over $8billion to non-passage of auto policy’, imports 400,000 used vehicles annually

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It has been argued that the non-passage of the automotive policy bill will further hamper the development of the auto sector. What is your take? Read more

Uber had the worst first-day dollar loss ever of any US IPO

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The much-anticipated Uber initial public offering managed to break a record, but not one that investors would’ve hoped for. Read more

Facebook Faces a Big Penalty, but Regulators Are Split Over How Big

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Facebook’s announcement in late April that it had set aside $3 billion to $5 billion to settle claims that it mishandled users’ personal data suggested a strong consensus by federal regulators that the social media giant needed to be held accountable. Read more

NNPC negotiating, processing $15bn oil sector financing deals

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The worth of financing transactions in the oil and gas sector that are currently being negotiated, processed and at approval stages by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation is $15bn. Read more

How low yield, high NPL took toll on tier-1 banks’ performance

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THE high Non-Performing Loans (NPLs) in the banking industry as well as decline in the yield environment in the Federal Government of Nigeria, FGN, debt instruments have taken a toll on financial performance of tier-1 banks operating in the country. Read more

Credit to the economy rises to N30.5trn

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CREDIT to the economy rose to an all time high above the N30 trillion mark in February 2019, driven by strong growth in credit to the private sector during the month. Read more

Developing new banking products to accelerate CBN’s Financial Inclusion

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OVER the years, the  Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has introduced several reforms to create a robust financial system framework. These reforms are focussed on enhancing banking system stability, sensitizing the gains in serious governance and restoring confidence in the nation’s financial system. Read More

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