Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Dr Kawu's bribe story is a Vicious Lie against Mr GAP Wakama my Custom Officer Brother.
RIGHT OF REPLY:
Corruption and the pain of being a Nigerian physician. Written by Ahidjo Abdulkadiri Kawu is a Vicious Lie against Mr GAP Wakama my Custom Officer Brother. A rejoinder by Asonumaka George Wakama
"Mr Kayode Ogundamisi
there is always 2 sides to a story- i will advise you go the extent
of getting a balanced story before going to town...
The vilified Customs officer happens to be my eldest brother
as a public servant -he may not have that privilege to defend himself
especially in a paramilitary setting like his...
same doesn't apply to me....
i would wish to have my comments equally broadcast as you have done for the dear Doc...
i hope you would be this magnanimous?
3. At the completion of my training, Dr Baron S Lonner on my behalf approached Samantha Torres of DePuy Spine Inc US for donation of spine equipment to help operate indigent patients in Nigeria to put to practice all I have learnt with him.
4. On the 15th December 2010, DePuy Spine Inc US approved the donation of some spine items for use by me at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada.
5. I contacted my hospital management who informed me to ship the equipment to Nigeria.
6. My clearing agent Siklaw Global Resource Ltd after completing the Form M and risk assessment paid the custom duty on the 6th march 2011.
7. The equipment was shipped in to Nigeria from the US and arrived in May 2011.
8. On arrival, the O/C (Officer in Charge) Custom Services Mr Wakama GAP inspected the document and said that we must settle him before he release the good since the donated equipment has a value of about N50 million.
For donated equipment- this isn’t my business though
1. The donors always donate to institutions and NGO’s in the case it would have been to the Teaching hospital not to the individual doctor- hence the passive role of the Teaching Hospital Management because the equipment are personal property of the Doctor.
2. Such donations are backed by appropriate paper work
3. Import duty waivers are not automatic you have to apply for them
4. The Donated Equipment never had such waivers nor support documentation
a) No waiver document from ministry of Finance, Presidency or a concessionary waiver from the office of the CG of customs and excise
b) Why pay duty for Donated Items?
“My clearing agent Siklaw Global Resource Ltd after completing the Form M and risk assessment paid the custom duty on the 6th march 2011
Form M is only completed by the authorized dealer bank of the importer but is approved by destination agency-
On arrival, the O/C (Officer in Charge) Custom Services Mr Wakama GAP inspected the document and said that we must settle him before he release the good since the donated equipment has a value of about N50 million.
1. Do you have any evidence of his demand to back your allegations?
2. How much did my brother demand from you as bribe?
3. Did you meet him or was there a go between who made the demand on his behalf?
4. What did you pay as customs duty?
5. The donated equipment have a value of N50million- how was that valuation arrived at
6. What was the value you presented for Assessment- we need that evidence
7. I believe import duties have rates and my understanding is that it was 5% – what did you pay
My Brother said.
The doctor declared the value of the equipment to be a paltry $500 ( five hundred dollars)
Upon his inspection of the documents he found out that they were worth well above $236,074,000 (Two hundred and thirty six thousand and seventy four dollars) as against the declared value of$500.00
Facts of the matter:
1. The Consignee imported some medical equipment – whose documentation showed discrepancies.
2. Upon query of discrepancies his Clearing agent absconded and the equipment where impounded.
3. The Equipment where examined by all relevant agencies who have their reports in place for scrutiny and there is no way my brother would demand bribe thereafter.
4. Granted the consignment where donated- the consignee never presented appropriate documentation to back this claim.
5. There are procedures in clearing goods of such nature –spelt out in the Customs& Excise act (CEMA)
6. I am sure as at the time of the examination we need to scrutinize if such qualify to pass as donations
7. Goods that Import Duty has been duly paid would be difficult to confiscate"
Asonumaka George Wakama
Kayode Ogundamisi is a commentator on Nigerian and international affairs, he was involved in the Nigerian pro-democracy struggle, Ogundamisi survived a trumped-up charge of treasonable offence against the military government of General Babangida, he was detained in Jos prison in 1991 and released after intensive local and international campaigns against the government charging him and 12 other students before a military tribunal. Ogundamisi was a frontline member of the National Association of Nigerian Student and a former secretary general of the University of Jos Students Union in Nigeria and the O'dua People’s Congress.
Ogundamisi currently shuttles between his base in The United Kingdom and his Country of Birth Nigeria where he runs a programme on self-empowerment. He is the convener of the Liberty Forum UK and his involved in engaging local communities and community and social empowerment.
He graduated with a B.SC in Political Science from University of Jos. The Nigerian Institute of Journalism and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Ogun State University and Masters in International Relations from the London Metropolitan University. He is a volunteer campaigns fellow for the German human rights group IMRV Bremen.
Ogundamisi was appointed by the UK government as a board member of the United Kingdom Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) a position he held for 3 years. Ogundamisi is very active on the social media, with his commentary blog "The Canary" under the twitter handle @ogundamisi and he writes sporadic independent op-ed articles for major Nigerian media outlets.
Ogundamisi is the host of the diaspora community socio political programme “PolitricsWithKO” on Europe’s first ethnic oriented television Channel BEN-TV broadcasting on BSKYB 238 and Startime Africa/Freeview Channel 244.