Assistant Comptroller General of Customs Mrs. Kaycee Ekekezie, Zonal Coordinator of Zone A, Nigeria Customs Service, Yaba, Lagos, has lamented the unfortunate interception of properly exited cargoes on the highways, especially at Police Area ‘B’ area of Apapa, where so many containers are being subjected to reexamination by the Federal Operation Unit operatives.
Ekekezie noted that the practice does speak well about the Nigeria Customs Service, perceived to be working at cross purposes with their colleagues inside the terminals rather than sharing intelligence.
The ACG made the lamentation when leaders of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Western Zone, led by its Chairman, Sir. John DanKatsina Ofobike, visited her in her office at the Zone’s headquarters at Yaba, Lagos, last week.
Ekekezzie, who rued the leadership crisis in ANLCA, noted that the crisis has caused the association to lose a lot and thanked members of ANLCA for the regular feedbacks being supplied to customs from field operations, saying ‘’this goes a long way to inform us of some double standards being perpetrated during cargo clearance.’’
The ACG informed the visitors that the Comptroller General of Customs (CGC)- Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) has zero tolerance for officer’s indiscretion, which he personally sanctions as soon as such are brought to his notice.
She implored ANLCA members and other customs brokers to take advantage of ICT tools to remain compliant in the course of delivering their cargoes, saying that honest declarations should be their watchword in order to remain in synergy with Nigeria Customs Service.
On the crisis in ANLCA, she promised to interface with the dramatis personae with a view to giving a motherly and sisterly advice, for love, progress and professional camaraderie to return to ANLCA.
Earlier in his address, Oforbike told the Zonal Coordinator, ACG Ekekezie that the demand for unnecessary documents for renewal of customs licence by the Customs authority impedes quick renewal, saying that the customs authority should do background checking of people seeking for renewal rather than asking for unnecessary documents.
‘’It is the collective opinion of the Western Zone of ANLCA that the yearly demand for several documents which should have been requested for, and done background checks on, before issuance of Customs License, is unnecessary. We want to assure that for members of ANLCA, and with the introduction of NICIS II, which safeguards the interests of Nigeria Customs Service, all operational licenses are guaranteed,’’ said Oforbike.