The Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) has pleaded with customs agents to always declare correctly and sincerely the values of their cargos and avoid documentary alterations to facilitate effective cargo clearance.
The CG made the appeal at the handing over and inauguration of new President of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) Mr. Tony Iju Nwabunike in Lagos past week.
Represented at the event by Assistant Comptroller General Dahiru, Zonal Coordinator, Zone A, Lagos, CG Ali further appealed to customs agents to assist in stemming the tide of the importation of Tramadol which is destroying the lives of Nigerians.
He congratulated Hon. Tony Iju Nwabunike for emerging the National President and said the Customs would work with the new leadership of the association for the betterment of the industry.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers Council, Barr Hassan Bello, who was represented by Chief Cajetan Agu, said the Council was ever ready to continue the partnership already established with the Prince Shittu-led administration, with the Tony Iju Nwabunike’s administration.
Earlier in his speech, Prince Olayiwola Shittu, immediate past president, said right from the date he was elected in 2010, he had started counting the number of days he has to serve and knew that a day like the change over date would eventually come.
He congratulated members of his executive for the support given to him throughout his administration for achievements recorded and apologized for the mistakes he made in the course of his service to the association.
The National President, Hon. Tony Iju Nwabunike thanked theo guests who grace the occasion and promised to uphold the provisions of the constitution of ANLCA.
He was emphatic about professionalization of the business of customs brokerage and retrieving same from foreigners and customs officers who are paid to facilitate processes of cargo clearance.
‘My administration will work hard for the registration and conferment of the status of a Chartered institute of Customs Brokers, through the National Assembly. This will enable ANLCA develop certification training programmes for all members, to improve service delivery, standardization of processes and operations, which eventually will make ANLCA a truly professional body,’ he said.