Chandlering has huge job opportunities if properly regulated, says presidential assistant

Mr Leke Oyewole, SSA to the President on maritime matters

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on maritime matters, Mr Leke Oyewole, says that many Nigerians can benefit from the chandlering business if the maritime sub-sector is well regulated.
Oyewole made this disclosure while speaking as the representative of Vice President Namadi Sambo at the commissioning ceremony of the permanent secretariat of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents in Lagos at the weekend.

He called on the Nigeria Customs Service to recognise and regulate the activities of the chandlers in Nigeria in order to achieve greater efficiency.
He also noted that besides creating huge  job opportunities for people, the sub-sector could also be a good  revenue earner for  the government.
“I want to call the attention of the Customs to recognise and regulate the activities of the chandlers.
“It is an area where the nation can make so much money, and it provides enormous opportunities for Nigerians,” he said.
Oyewole noted that the sub-sector would always be vibrant because as ships sail for months, they have needs to replenish their store with food, water and sometimes clothing; and that it could easily be done by the chandlers as the ships come into the ports.
“I want the customs to make sure that the chandler’s activity is brought in focus properly, because a ship that sails for months will need to replenish its store when it gets to any country. It is the chandlers who handle this, taking food and other supplies to them,” he said.
Oyewole also commended the Nigeria Customs Service for successfully disengaging the service providers, who he said were impeding the clearing processes, from the port.
“I commend the customs for the cooperation and activeness to take away agencies that were impeding clearing processes in the port. For the first time, we have done it and it has come to stay. When an agency that was driven out of the port is needed, it will be called upon, but it does not need to be in the port to impede clearing process,” Oyewole said.