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NAGAFF tasks Customs CG on redundant officers, containers stemming to KLT, Ijora Terminals

The National Association of Government
Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has drawn the attention of the
Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali on about 200 officers in some
Lagos commands that have remained redundant in their duty posts.

The Secretary General, Mr. Arthur Igwilo,
in the letter dated Jan. 22, said these officersfor the past years may have
added little or no value to justify their earnings from the public treasury.
Igwilo in the letter told the Customs boss that the reason for the redundancy
has to do with the terminal operators who he claimed have refused to stem
containers to Ijora Lily Pond and Kirikiri Lighter Terminal in Lagos.
He urged the customs head to do
something about the problem.
The letter read: “Mr. CGC Sir, you will
recall that when you lifted the restriction on rice importation through the
border locations, there were issues as to the power of the Board of Customs to
do so.
“We reminded you of this particular
Section of the law and the case was put off. In this regard, we again want you
to evoke the same Section 19 of the CEMA Act to direct that uncustomed
containers ships be stemmed at Ijora and KLT in particular for the sake of
Government revenue, trade facilitation,security of the state, job satisfaction
of resident officers and our members interest at Ijora to earn a living.
“We therefore encourage you to direct
the CAC Apapa and Tin-can Ports to ensure that ships are stemmed to Ijora and
KLT with immediate effect. Where you think that it is not necessary to do so,
it shall be our opinion that the commands be shut down to avoid further waste
of public fund.
“The high point is that we have to avoid
waste with our ailing economy. We are very much aware that the former CGC did
direct the CAC of Apapa and TCIP to ensure that cargo are stemmed at Ijora and
KLT in the past.
“Without prejudice to the concessioning
policy agreement, it is expected that the BPE shall reserve the right to
withdraw the allocation of terminals when there is clear evidence of non-
performance on the part of the concessionaire.

“The right of competition to source
cargo is the exclusive duty of the concessionaire to attract patronage.”
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