By Gboyega Oni
One of the leading presidential candidates for the office of the National President of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Mr. Tony Iju Nwabunike has berated shipping companies and terminal operators for arbitrary increase of their charges, saying they need to be checked by the appropriate government ministries and legislative committees.
He however promised to work with the National Assembly and relevant government ministries and departments if elected as the president of ANLCA in the March 2018 elections to checkmate the excessive of these organisations so as to boost shipping activities in the nation’s seaports in the overall growth of the national economy.
This was contained in a copy of a statement issued by the Nwabunike’s campaign organisation that was made available to PortNewsNigeria in Lagos. The statement highlights the manifesto of the presidential candidate.
Nwabunike also promised to work as the ANLCA President for the attainment of one-stop cargo clearance in the ports and borders stations and ensures that intervention of government agencies outside the port in cargo transit is stopped.
According to the statement, ‘the arbitrariness with which shipping companies and terminal operators raise their charges needs to be checked through the oversighting ministries and legislative committees.’
Towards professionalising customs brokerage in the country, the presidential hopeful said his administration will engage the Nigeria Customs Service in constructive dialogue and partner with relevant committees of the National Assembly and the Presidency in attaining a respectable status and equal benefits for customs brokers in the country.
Assuring his teeming supporters of reduction of excessive alerts from relevant government agencies and definition of the duties of government security agencies in the ports by the National Assembly, Nwabunike said his administration will work for the standardisation of cargo clearing processes and charges.
Nwabunike promised to organise both local and international training and re-training programmes for ANLCA members and assured them that his government will take back their clearing jobs from customs officers and foreigners. He equally promised to encourage and facilitate members to team up to acquire customs licenses.
Nwabunike, who was a former chairman governing council of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) and Managing Director of Mac Tonnel Nigeria Limited, said his government will engender transparent and accountable governance that will enhance welfare packages for members.
According to him, ‘NECOM will institute a viable, ICT-driven administration involving every member, through the use of social media to communicate with members on a daily basis.
‘A functional welfare package will be instituted for members and their families and a healthcare package will be started to routinely check the health status of members at their chapters.’