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Customs Controller Enjoins Agencies To Work In Harmony

Posted: Jul 6, 2016 at 3:24 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

 

ANDREW UTULU

Lagos

 

Customs Area Controller (CAC) of Apapa Command, Mr. Willy Egbudin, has enjoined all the Federal Government’s agencies to work in harmony for effect results, which would help the nation in achieving its desired objectives.

Egbudin, who gave the advice during a breakfast meeting with the agencies in Apapa, Lagos, stated that all these agencies should see themselves as different organs of one body, which are designed to work cordially for a definite goal.

While emphasizing on the need for all stakeholders to imbibe international best practice to achieving an efficient port system that would save time, he said that increasing the Federal Government’s revenue should be without compromise to national security.

The Custom boss said: “’We all are part of one whole body that should function together. It will be good in the interest of the country for us to work together always by being available for joint examination when the need arises.”

He decried the absence of some government agencies during joint examination of cargo only for such agencies to come demanding for a repositioning of the examined consignments, thereby causing delays and increasing cost of doing business at the ports.

According to him, the terminal operators could not leave containers on the ground and unattended to for too long, as it would impede on their time and space management drive.

Egbudin urged various heads of the agencies present at the meeting to take advantage of the laudable Nigeria Customs Information System (NICIS) portal, which would make it easier for the agencies to know about regulated products under their purview and the time for joint examination.

The representatives of Nigeria Shippers Council, who expressed the council’s position to promote fair trade and make the nation’s ports attractive and competitive for legitimate business, equally urged all agencies of government to avoid duplicating examination or waylaying already released containers on transit outside the port.

However, all agencies expressed their desire to work together to ensure that the Apapa Port become a model for operational efficiency and improved synergy.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Nigerian Shippers Council, National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC),Standards Organisation of Nigeria(SON) and Nigeria Environmental Standards Regulation Enforcement Agency.

Also in attendance at the meeting were representatives of Nigeria Police, Department of State Service, licensed customs agents and freight forwarders.

All stakeholders in attendance lauded the initiative of coming to discuss common challenges while expressing optimism that implementing the collective resolve to work together would reduce delays, increase government revenue, enhance profits for investors and curb port related unlawful practices.