NAGAFF tasks Customs CG on redundant officers, containers stemming to KLT, Ijora Terminals

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has drawn the attention of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali on about 200 officers in some Lagos commands that have remained redundant in their duty posts.

The Secretary General, Mr. Arthur Igwilo, in the letter dated Jan. 22, said these officersfor the past years may have added little or no value to justify their earnings from the public treasury.
Igwilo in the letter told the Customs boss that the reason for the redundancy has to do with the terminal operators who he claimed have refused to stem containers to Ijora Lily Pond and Kirikiri Lighter Terminal in Lagos.
He urged the customs head to do something about the problem.
The letter read: “Mr. CGC Sir, you will recall that when you lifted the restriction on rice importation through the border locations, there were issues as to the power of the Board of Customs to do so.
“We reminded you of this particular Section of the law and the case was put off. In this regard, we again want you to evoke the same Section 19 of the CEMA Act to direct that uncustomed containers ships be stemmed at Ijora and KLT in particular for the sake of Government revenue, trade facilitation,security of the state, job satisfaction of resident officers and our members interest at Ijora to earn a living.
“We therefore encourage you to direct the CAC Apapa and Tin-can Ports to ensure that ships are stemmed to Ijora and KLT with immediate effect. Where you think that it is not necessary to do so, it shall be our opinion that the commands be shut down to avoid further waste of public fund.
“The high point is that we have to avoid waste with our ailing economy. We are very much aware that the former CGC did direct the CAC of Apapa and TCIP to ensure that cargo are stemmed at Ijora and KLT in the past.
“Without prejudice to the concessioning policy agreement, it is expected that the BPE shall reserve the right to withdraw the allocation of terminals when there is clear evidence of non- performance on the part of the concessionaire.

“The right of competition to source cargo is the exclusive duty of the concessionaire to attract patronage.”