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Why Customs, Manufacturers Are In New Partnership

Posted: Oct 23, 2015 at 10:16 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

In a bid to further strengthen the bond between the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, Hameed Ibrahim Alli, comptroller general, NCS, last week paid a courtesy visit to MAN in Lagos. The visit, according to Frank Udemba Jacobs, MAN’s president, is a right step in the right direction, as it will further provide immeasurable opportunity to discuss on issues of concern to both parties.

While admitting that there is need for greater synergy between the two organisations in other to move the economy forward, Jacobs noted that “MAN have handled many issues through the formation of the MAN-Customs Forum, as well as the MAN-Customs Conflict Resolution Committee, which was set up to address issues surrounding the challenges emanating from the implementation of the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report, PAAR, and other Ports-related issues.

The MAN president also used the occasion of the visit to notify the NCS comptroller–general, of certain burning issues that require urgent attention. They include “the suspension of the Export Expansion Grant, EEG, and its lingering review; smuggling of fake and counterfeit products into the country which threatens the survival of manufacturers; and late response to queries raised by the members on issues that are being handled at the NCS headquarters; amongst others

In his response, Ali promised to look into the issues raised while also advising the manufacturers to always operate within the dictates of the law of the country. He added that with the change mantra of the present administration, business will not be done incorrectly or the usual way, but that “together we can resolve to do the right thing to make a success.”