From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) under the leadership of Dikko Inde Abdullahi may be saving the country a wasteful payment of $25 million monthly, a Customs broker has observed.
The Deputy National President, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Prince Obums Anene yesterday pointed out that government paid services provider 2.4 billion dollars in eight years.
Anene said that Customs and its current management took away the jobs of Destination Inspection (DI) Service providers, a group which Government wastefully paid $2.4 billion under eight years, through a very costly fight.
” Nigerians must know that Dikko, and his administration struggled with their last breath to dislodge the service providers from undertaking Destination Inspection in Nigeria.
Well over 2.4 Billion Dollars may have been paid to the Service Providers in the past 8 years and yet young Nigerian graduates are roaming the streets in search of gainful employment.
“The point herein canvassed is to state clearly from our vantage point that the Dikko administration has done so well in the area of revenue collection, anti-smuggling function, trade facilitation, post audit function, international collaboration, capacity building and training, infrastructural development and ICT compliance”, Obums said.
He however, tasked the Customs Boss to work towards bridging the gap between the letters of Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) and that of the Council for Regulations of Freight Forwarders in Nigeria (CRFFN).
“However, what we think should attract the attention of the CGC at the moment is the divide between CEMA and CRFFN.
There is the urgent need to harmonize the relevance and operations of these two legislative instruments to achieve professionalism and compliance level on the part of freight agents and shippers in the Customs ports and approved border stations.
“We also will want the management team of the NCS to increase their efforts in lobbying the National Assembly and the Presidency with a view to ushering in a new Customs law that seeks to grant partial autonomy in Customs administration”, Anene said.