A writer on Nigeria’s biggest online forum, Nairaland, with the moniker, “Social Media Man” gives his opinion on agencies of government he thinks are the mos corrupt in Nigeria.
1. NNPC: Records speak for itself, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation doesn’t even know the amount of crude it imports daily. There are possibly over 100 different means which the NNPC uses to siphon government revenue. From fraudulent subsidy payments to intentional delay of imported products to incur and accumulate demurrage with shopping companies. They’re mostly responsible for the over $600 billion dollars alleged by the EFCC to have been stolen from Nigeria since 1999.
2. NPA: Working for the Nigeria Ports Authority can even be more rewarding than working for the NNPC. Thousands of illegal deals worth millions of Naira are settled under the table at the ports on a daily basis. Government ends up not recording most of these criminal deals. So many criminal waivers, unrecorded imports, direct cash settlements rather than legal payment channels, undercharges, auction sales etc.
3. Customs: Nigerian customs officials attached to courier agencies target goods coming in from overseas. Once your package arrives, you’d be expecting the normal courier charge and taxes, then you hear the bad news; Nigeria customs is holding your package. They’ll usually give you a fictitious extra bill, citing some flimsy reasons and stipulated policies and conditions which cannot be found anywhere on their website. Instead of allowing the goods get to your local courier office, they’ll rather invite you to Lagos and that’s when you get desperate because you don’t want to travel all the way to Lagos to collect a package. So you decide to negotiate and pay. Mode of payment is usually their private accounts or other means which will not be eventually traced back to them, not government’s purse. Sometimes also, their charges are genuine, but settled through private channels, So government gets little or nothing from the illegal transaction.
Their Illegal Operations with The Immigration Service at Nigeria’s borders also ensure that Cars and other goods are imported into Nigeria illegally with taxes and charges that are never documented or paid into government’s purse.
4. FIRS: The Federal Inland Revenue Service is another criminal organization in Nigeria.They target multinationals and big companies, and the richest among them work in Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and other cities with numerous big companies. They help you evade tax in so many different ways (evading and avoiding tax are different things, one is criminal, the other is legal) and collect huge rewards for their excellent criminal manoevers. Hundreds of billions or possibly trillions therefore go unrecovered annually.
5. NIMASA: The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency is a regulatory body saddled with various maritime related responsibilities including administration and regulation of shipping licenses, carrying out aerial and coastal surveillance, control and prevention of maritime pollution, providing maritime security. About 40% of Nigeria’s income Is budgeted for this agency to develop maritime infrastructure and fund the operations of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria. NIMASA has been involved with various levels of fraud on many occasions running into Trillions of naira.