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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.

CBI Hosts Discourse on CBN FX Restrictions on Food Imports, in line with its Business Action Against Corruption (BAAC) Mandate

CBI Hosts Discourse on CBN FX Restrictions on Food Imports, in line with its Business Action Against Corruption (BAAC) Mandate

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On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, the Convention on Business Integrity (CBI) in partnership with ActionAid, Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Business Day Newspapers and Proshare hosted its 4th installment in the series of the “Regulatory Conversations” in fulfillment of the objectives of the Business Action Against Corruption (BAAC) project. The focus of the discourse was “Foreign Exchange Restrictions on Food Imports and Implications on regulating and growing the Nigerian economy”.

Invitation to the BIF Agricultural Investment Summit

Invitation to the BIF Agricultural Investment Summit

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The Convention on Business Integrity (CBI) in collaboration with the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) cordially invites you to a one-day Agricultural Investment Summit under the Business Innovation Facility (BIF) programme currently run by the CBI.

The objective of this Summit is to provide a pipeline of investment opportunities generated from tested innovations in Nigeria’s agricultural space. We envisage that this forum will provide a platform for participants to:

  1. Examine Nigeria’s Investment and Regulatory environment;
  2. Identify structures for absorbing and repackaging large and medium sized international investments into appropriately sized instruments for deal sizes and deal flows in Nigeria’s agricultural sector; and
  3. Spot investment opportunities in Nigeria’s agricultural value chains.

There will be brief plenary sessions followed by exhibitions from five agricultural sub-sectors which would provide a platform for domestic and foreign investors to assess opportunities presented in them. The details of the event is as follows:

Date:   Tuesday, 06  August  2019

Venue: Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Zone 4, Abuja

Time:   10.00 am

Please contact yinka.johnson@cbinigeria.com / +2347013715571 or  kitan.babalola@cbinigeria.com / +2348067829272 should you have any queries.

Governance, Leadership & Ethics: Highlights from the Conference

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The Governance, Leadership & Ethics Conference took place on the 28th of June at the Lekki Coliseum in Lagos and it featured a host of speakers and panelist from the public and private sector discussing how to build a thriving economy on the three pillars of good governance, leadership and ethics.

Unique case studies from businesses in the private sector were provided to prove the possibility of building thriving, multi-million naira businesses in Nigeria without stooping to bribery and corruption.

The 7th Annual Christopher Kolade Lecture on Business Integrity

The 7th Annual Christopher Kolade Lecture on Business Integrity

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Highlights of the 6th Annual Christopher Kolade Lecture on Business Integrity

Highlights of the 6th Annual Christopher Kolade Lecture on Business Integrity

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The Annual Christopher Kolade lecture series which commenced in 2013 was instituted in the name of an Integrity icon to mark his landmark year- his 80th birthday.

The lecture series is emerging as a forum for businesses to engage with experts and with each other on business integrity issues. The past five editions have addressed issues around building businesses on a solid foundation while imbibing a culture of Business Integrity.    Continue Reading

Highlights from the 5th Annual Christopher Kolade Lecture on Business Integrity

Highlights from the 5th Annual Christopher Kolade Lecture on Business Integrity

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The 5th edition of the annual Christopher Kolade Lecture on Business Integrity took place on the 29th of June, 2017 at the Landmark Events Center, Lekki. The event which was themed “Prevention is better than cure” was attended by captains of industry from the private sector, as well and key figures from the public sector.

 

The 5th Annual Christopher Kolade Lecture on Business Integrity!

The 5th Annual Christopher Kolade Lecture on Business Integrity!

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The 2008 global financial crisis re-emphasized the importance of compliance and risk management but perhaps a tale of the fall of Britain’s Oldest Bank, Barings, could further buttress the point. Even though, the fall of Lehman Brothers and numerous banking scandals after Barings by far incurred losses of greater magnitude, there remains a story to be told with the fall of Barings Bank hence the apt theme for this year’s event:

“Prevention is better than cure, even on the issue of Corruption”

Special Guest of Honor

Guest of Honor

Keynote Speaker

Nick Leeson

Nick Leeson, the infamous ‘rogue trader’ at Barings Bank whose dealings led to the collapse of one of Britain’s oldest Banks.
The fall of Barings was a wake-up call for financial Institutions all over the world. 

 

Thursday, 29th June, 2017
Time: 17h00

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WATER CORPORATION DRIVE, OFF LIGALI AYORINDE STREET, LEKKI, LAGOS (ON THE SAME STREET WITH LANDMARK EVENTS CENTRE)

For Confirmations please contact: YINKA JOHNSON –yinka.johnson@cbinigeria.com; CYNTHIA APKOMUDIARE – Cynthia.akpomudiare@cbinigeria.com- +234 8182003952, +234 8023012704

Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje Takes Over the Mantle of Leadership as He is Appointed Chairman of the Governing Board

Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje Takes Over the Mantle of Leadership as He is Appointed Chairman of the Governing Board

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MR. OPEYEMI AGBAJE TAKES OVER THE MANTLE OF LEADERSHIP AS HE IS APPOINTED AS CHAIRMAN, GOVERNING BOARD OF THE INTEGRITY/THE CONVENTION ON BUSINESS INTEGRITY ORGANISATION

LAGOS, AUGUST 23, 2016. The Governing Board of Integrity organization appoints and ratifies the appointment of Board members.

At the meeting of the Governing Board of Integrity Organisation (consisting of Integrity and The Convention on Business Integrity, CBi) which held on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016, Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje who had in the past year acted as the Vice-Chairman of the Board was appointed as the new chairman of The Integrity Organisation; taking over the mantle of Chairmanship from His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Over the years, Mr. Agbaje who is the Chief Operating Officer of RTC Advisory Services Limited (formerly Resources and Trust Company Ltd) has distinguished himself as a selfless and committed member of the Governing Board, he has also made invaluable contributions to the growth of the organization during this period. He would be ably assisted by Mr. Soji Apampa as the Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the organization. In his previous role as The Executive Director, Mr. Apampa had steered the ship of the organization from 2007 till date. The appointment takes effect immediately.

INTEGRITY ORGANISATION LIMITED GTE is an anti-corruption, research and advocacy organization concerned with the issues of accountability and transparency in Public and business life. It was founded in 1995 during the Abacha regime as a direct reaction to the corruption and poor governance of Nigeria represented by that era. INTEGRITY has had a history of credible involvement in high profile issues and it has built a reputation for tactful, high profile, high impact handling of engagement with supply side actors on various issues. As a result of the need to have a specific arm that would deal with issues arising in the private sector while still focusing on the Public domain, it gave birth to the establishment of The Convention on Business Integrity.

THE CONVENTION ON BUSINESS INTEGRITY (CBi) is a company limited by Guarantee. The organization was established in 1997 with the mission of promoting ethical business Practices, transparency and fair competition in the private and public sectors. Signatories of the Convention undertake to observe the values of the Code of Business Integrity, both within their own organisations and in their dealings with customers and partners. The Code includes both sanctions and incentives for the organisations involved.

The Convention currently has twenty (20) Corporate signatories which includes, GT Bank Plc, Guinness Nigeria Plc, MTN, SAP, Lagos Business School and others.

Press Enquiries: For more information/clarification/questions, please get in touch with the contact person listed: Yinka Johnson, yinka.johnson@cbinigeria.com, +234 7013715571, www.integritynigeria.org, www.cbinigeria.org, www.egunje.info

Highlights from the 4th Annual Christopher Kolade Lecture

Highlights from the 4th Annual Christopher Kolade Lecture

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Dr. Christopher Kolade CON is amongst the few that have blazed a distinguished career and maintained their integrity over the years.  In recognition of his contributions to the issues of Integrity and support for the organization over the years, the organization decided to honour him by instituting this lecture series in his name as he marked his landmark year- 80th year in December 2012. Continue Reading

Press Coverage of the CGRS Launch

Press Coverage of the CGRS Launch

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NSE, CBI inaugurate corporate governance rating system – The Punch Continue Reading

Highlights of the 3rd Annual Christopher Kolade Lecture on Business Integrity

Highlights of the 3rd Annual Christopher Kolade Lecture on Business Integrity

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The 3rd series of the Christopher Kolade annual Lecture held in Lagos on June 25th, 2015.Evey year seems to be better than the previous, as this year, the success was quite overwhelming with the lecture being delivered by His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON- Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria who used the opportunity to highlight the present Administration’s policies on Anti-Corruption and specifically Business Integrity. The venue of the event was filled to capacity with about four hundred people which comprised of top Government dignitaries from the private and Public sector as well as Managing Directors of Private and Public companies, members of the Diplomatic Corp and other notable Stakeholders. Continue Reading

Vodacom joins the CBI fold

Vodacom joins the CBI fold

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Vodacom Business Nigeria Joins The Convention On Business Integrity Fold

Vodacom Business Nigeria Joins The Convention On Business Integrity Fold

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In our quest to consistently encourage businesses to be part of The Convention on Business Integrity vision, we are pleased to formally inform our stakeholders that a new member has joined the Convention fold.  Vodacom Business Nigeria, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Vodacom Group and also a leading pan-African corporate connectivity and telecommunications provider that has brought affordable and reliable connectivity to Africa since 1992 is set to be the latest member of The Convention on Business Integrity.

Vodacom Business Nigeria held it’s signing-in- ceremony on Monday, February 9th, 2015 at an event center in Lagos. Continue Reading

NSE and CBI launch Nigeria’s Corporate Governance Rating System (CGRS)

NSE and CBI launch Nigeria’s Corporate Governance Rating System (CGRS)

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Cgrs Launch

In a well-attended event with over 500 people, the Convention on Business Integrity and the Nigerian Stock Exchange launched the corporate governance rating system. (CGRS) on November 3 at Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos. At the event, CGRS, Nigeria’s flagship rating system was introduced to various market players including domestic and international investors, listed companies, international organizations and the general public.

Oscar Onyeama, CEO of the Nigerian Stock Exchange spoke on how the CGRS would bring about greater transparency and trust in the capital market. He also highlighted that CGRS would form the basis of a planned premium board to be launched in January 2015. Continue Reading

Photos from the 2nd Annual Christopher Kolade Lecture

Photos from the 2nd Annual Christopher Kolade Lecture

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The 2nd edition of the Christopher Kolade lecture on on Business Integrity has come and gone and by all accounts, it was a momentous occasion. Continue Reading

Highlights of the 2nd Annual Christopher Kolade Lecture Series

Highlights of the 2nd Annual Christopher Kolade Lecture Series

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The 2nd installment of the annual Christopher Kolade lecture series held yesterday, September 11, 2014 and it was well attended by industry leaders, regulators, academia and members of the press.

The evening started with a welcome address by Soji Apampa, Executive director of the Convention on Business integrity who mentioned that the reason why the lecture series was named after Christopher Kolade was because he exemplified business integrity as practiced throughout his distinguished career in the private and public sectors. Continue Reading

United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA) Has Joined The Convention on Business Integrity Fold.

United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA) Has Joined The Convention on Business Integrity Fold.

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In our quest to consistently encourage businesses to be part of The Convention on Business Integrity vision, one of the biggest banks in Nigeria and indeed Africa has taken a step to be part of the CBI fold as it has it publicly signed the declaration document to become one of the members of the organization.

United Bank For Africa Plc (UBA)  signed –in  on Friday, February 7th, 2014 at the Head office of the Bank in Lagos.

The signing ceremony was a public declaration of their intent to let the general public know that the company is committed to “walking the talk” of the Convention on Business Integrity vision.

To show their pledge to the Convention, signatories enter into a purely moral commitment with the intent of benefiting from and upholding the platform of credibility which the members of the Convention share. The Convention currently has twenty-two (22) corporate signatories which include MTN Nigeria, GT Bank Plc, Sokoa Chair Center and others.

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