The ANLCA President, Iju Tony Nwabunike left and the CAC of Tin Can Island Command of the NCS, Compt. M.B.A Musa right during the visit.
ANLCA PRESIDENT TOURS THE TIN CAN COMMAND OF THE NCS, Introduces Exco.
Story by Dili Utomi.
The National President of the foremost Licensed Customs Agent Association, the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) Mr. iju Tony Nwabunike has visited the Tin Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service and the offices of the various government agencies under the command in a tour meant to introduce his National Executive Committee and also the Tin Can Island Command chapter executive team to all the Agencies.
Mr. Nwabunike met with the Customs Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Musa, M.B.A, who welcomed the President and his team and adviced the Association to put its house in order and get all issues within the Association resolved in the good interest of the industry. The CAC assured that all compliant agents will enjoy his Command’s unalloyed support.
In his address, the President started by tracing the history of the Association and said that “It was established by an Act of Parliament vide Illiteracy Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1954.
Since 1954, ANLCA has been collaborating with the Nigeria Customs Service towards stabilizing the Nigerian economy and ensuring that government policies as they concern import guidelines and procedures are effectively implemented”.
“This courtesy visit is in line with ANLCA’s age long principle of engaging critical stakeholders for better service delivery. It gives us the opportunity to exchange ideas and chat the way forward which ultimately will ensure ease of doing business in our boarder posts”.
The president presenting a copy of ANLCA’S monthly newspaper, the Custom Brokers Voice to the CAC.
He went on with his address to commend the Comptroller for the able way he has directed the activities of the command.
Mr Nwabunike however pointed out some areas that need improvement within the Customs Command such as; the issues of Multiplication of Alerts, duplication of Tables at the terminal and Gate, camp boys who are office assistants that should facilitate the smooth flow of the process turning to informants and false whistle blowers, thereby becoming law and order unto themselves, issues of packages in the manifest becoming unbearable in Tin Can Island command in recent time, the fact that it is no longer easy to perform examination and release the cargo the same day and related to 4 above being the overriding need to ensure transparency and consistency of data of the Duty Payable Value (DPV) on Used Vehicles. He said that the command is the focal point of most fledgling new entrants into freight forwarding practice and they are having a field day making things look as if NCS are not in control in that respect.
The president called to the CAC to please use his good office to address the stated problems. He also pleaded for the setting up of a joint monitoring group to ensure that the right thing is done at all times as he also said that the Command should work with the introduced local chapter team led by Mr. Ojo Peter Akintoye.
Mr Nwabunike also visited the office of the Nigeria Ports Authority where they met with the Port Manager of the Tin Can Island Port, Engineer Ibrahim Anji who thanked the team for the courtesy visit as he promised to work supportively with the chapter’s executive to make the trade facilitation policy of the government easier to realise. Engineer Anji also added that the ease of doing business is a phrase that is in the mind of every worker with the Authority and pledged the Authority’s cooperation.
The President also visited the office of the Directorate of State Security in the Command where the representative also promised to cooperate with the Association’s local executive.
The president with the Tin Can Island Command chapter chairman, Ojo Peter Akintoye during the tour.
The team also visited the area command of the Nigeria Police Force, Port Police, where they met with the Area Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Danladi Kashim Garba who advised that we all work like the true brothers and sisters that we should all be to make our country better.
At the end of the visits and interactions, the ANLCA president spoke with the press and said the major reasons for the visits are to streamline their business focus and to seek for their support in the bid to get ease of doing business and also to introduce the members of the executive of the local chapter of ANLCA. The president added that he has the confidence that there will soon be solutions to the issues raised especially with regards to their businesses, he concluded by asking all members to be peaceful and law abiding.
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