Nigerian customs agents have advised the Federal Government of Nigeria to give them two percent of the total annual customs duty as compensation for collecting the revenue.
The President of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Mr. Tony Nwabunike, gave the advice during a courtesy visit to the association’s secretariat in Lagos by the executive members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos Council, led by Mr. Adeleye Ajayi, Chairman of the Council.
Nwabunike expressed concern about the incursion of foreign customs brokerage agents into clearing and forwarding business which he said the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) should not tolerate.
He called on the government to streamline multiple agencies and streamline their activities with too many tables at the ports, saying that their presence had made Nigerian ports unattractive to land-locked countries.
According to him, safety and security are very important in the maritime industry.
The ANLCA chief also noted that the issues of arbitrary levies and charges must stop to make Nigeria ports attractive in the sub-region.
The ANLCA president also laid emphasis on the need to actualise borderless trade in Africa through the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement.
Nwabunike regretted that Nigerians have not effectively used the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme.
He promised to partner with the NUJ in the area of training for easy comprehension of maritime technologies and factual reporting.
The NUJ Chairman Ajayi, on his part, assured ANLCA of a cordial relationship with the media and appealed to the association for support particularly in the area of capacity building for its members.
Ajayi also noted key projects including the ongoing remodeling of the union’s secretariat which he solicited for ANLCA’s assistance for completion.
He added that training and retraining as well as the welfare of members were top on the agenda of the executive.