A report commissioned by anti-corruption agencies in the country has accused the terminal operator of Warri and Onne ports, Intels Nigeria Limited, of creating a state within a state in its management of the ports.
The study which was put together by Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), Bureau for Public Procurement and Technical Unit of Governance and Anti-Corruption Reform (TUGAR), assessed the corruption risks in six ports, Lagos (Tin Can and Apapa), Calabar, Warri, Port Harcourt and Onne.
According to the report presented to the public by ICPC’s Chairman, Ekpo Nta, in Abuja on Monday, weak governance system, poor infrastructure and insecurity are some of the factor promoting corruption at the ports.
The report held that “indications for state capture exist particularly in Onne and Warri ports where concessions have been given to Intels as Terminal Operator exclusively for all oil and gas sector imports. As a result port users importing such goods have no choice as to which terminal operator to use.
“Assessors report that port users complain of high handedness by Intels. The main claim is that Intels maintains coercive monopoly of logistics and support services in the oil and gas sector in four Nigerian ports (Onne in particular)”.
The report therefore expressed the need for government to “take a second look at these concessioning arrangements. Unfortunately related documentations (concession agreements) had not been made available to the team. Parties to these agreements insist that these documents are confidential.”