|Comptroller-General of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko|
Dikko, wants the customs agents and
freight forwarders to collaboration with the Service to address some challenges still facing the Pre -Arrival
Assessment Report (PAAR).
60th anniversary and official commissioning of the permanent national secretariat
of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agent (ANLCA) in Lagos.
solutions to the challenges that had been identified with the PAAR regime,
rather than engage in trading blames.
bring about the solving of that problem harmoniously.”
Olayiwola Shittu, in his opening address at the commissioning
ceremony,requested the Customs chief to set up a committee involving very
responsible members of his association to look into the complaints of agents
concerning the PAAR.
you about the yearnings of our people. You have tried and your name will be in
the history books for life. You may be in Abuja, but don’t know everything
that is happening on the field; our people are crying. I know we are here to
celebrate, but please, help us address the issue of PAAR.
document established by any Customs authority all over the world, and this was
also confirmed in South Korea. We decided to embrace PAAR because it is a
facilitator and the World Customs Brokers, which we are members, recognised
PAAR as a sample for other countries.
be a stumbling block and I believe it is not your fault that you brought
something good to the country,” Shittu said.
currently being experienced with PAAR, which commenced only nine months ago,
could not be completely ruled out since according to him, the beginning of
every endeavor always faced such challenges.
Customs Service was not in the interest of the erstwhile service providers,
they abandoned some unfinished Risk Assessment Report (RAR) documents to the
Customs creation and it is just nine months. As human beings you should know
that every beginning is difficult and we must expect teething problems from the
leave behind a lot of problems, which will cause problems between me and you.
So, we are better with solving the problem harmoniously,” the
collect duty on its behalf, hence the need to critically look at addressing the
problem rather than trading of blame.
position, no other agency will come back and collect duty on behalf of the NCS, so it is better while we are perfecting
whatever is the problem, let us look at it critically and solve it between ourselves,” Dikko said.