N30trn rev­enue leak­age: Se­nate quizzes 60 firms

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The Se­nate Joint Com­mit­tee on Cus­toms and Marine Trans­port in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­leged N30 tril­lion rev­enue leak­ages in the im­port and ex­port chain yes­ter­day be­gan quizzing com­pa­nies in­volved in the pro­cesses.

Ad­dress­ing some of the firms in­vited at the session in Abuja, Chair­man of the com­mit­tee, Se­na­tor Hope Uzod­inma (PDP, Imo), said the com­mit­tee would do ev­ery­thing to re­cover the funds.

He said over 60 com­pa­nies were be­ing in­ves­ti­gated in con­nec­tion with the sleaze, adding that con­cerned firms would be in­vited in batches to the com­mit­tee’s ses­sions.

Firms present at the meet­ing were CCEC Nige­ria Ltd, China Ex­port Ltd, CFAO Group, Chi Ltd, Bho­j­sons Ltd, Bharat Ven­tures Ltd, and Bou­los Group.

Oth­ers were African Wire and Al­lied Ltd, Ad­mi­ral Over­seas Nige­ria Ltd, CKS In­ter­na­tional Ltd, Abyem-Diva In­ter­na­tional Ltd and Aarti Steel Nige­ria Ltd.

De­cry­ing the level of com­plic­ity in the im­port and ex­port value chain in the coun­try, the law­maker said that the Na­tional As­sem­bly would en­sure that mea­sures were taken to stop cor­rup­tion in the coun­try.

On in­sin­u­a­tions that the com­mit­tee re­fused to work on the bud­get of the Nige­ria Ports Au­thor­ity (NPA), the law­maker said it was a non-is­sue.

“I don’t want to join is­sues on the pages of news­pa­pers dis­cussing my of­fi­cial as­sign­ment.

“This is a joint com­mit­tee man­dated by Se­nate to in­ves­ti­gate rev­enue leak­ages and so far we have done very well.

“All I can say is that the man­age­ment of the NPA has been con­fronted with some al­lega­tions and they are duty bound to de­fend them and say what they know. What they don’t know they should say they don’t know,’’ he said. (NAN)

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