The Chairman, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) Ijora/Lillypond Chapter, Rev. Emmanuel Agubanze has faulted the federal government’s decision to employ the services of the established foreign auto manufacturing companies to develop the auto industry in Nigeria.
The Command Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Customs Service PTML Area Command, Mr. Steve Okonmah has described as unpatriotic those who were working against the success of the Federal government’s auto policy.
Chairman, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), PTML Chapter, Prince Bola Adediran has said that vehicle import into the country through the RORO terminals in Lagos has dropped to 15% percent since January, 2015 compared to what it used to be the previous years.
Chairman, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) Seme Border Chapter, Eze Ekene Ajunwa has faulted the claims in some quarters that the Benin Republic was now booming at the expense of that of Nigeria following the new auto policy of the Federal government.
Chairman, Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Alhaji Isiaka Olalere has called on the Federal government to ensure speedy completion of the ongoing truck terminal at the Tincan Island Ports in Lagos.
A maritime Lawyer, Barr. Osuala Nwagbara has lamented the practice by officials of the Nigerian Customs Services (NCS) to employ every available instrument to frustrate genuine complaint of over-assessment by the Nigeria in matters of valuation describing it as a denial of port user’s access to justice.
The Shippers’ Association of Lagos State (SALS) has said that it will intensify efforts at getting the federal government to grant more concessions which it said may be in the form of 100 per cent duty waiver for industries.
The President of the association, Rev. Jonathan Nicol who made declaration while speaking at an event to mark the 1st Shippers’ Day Celebration in Lagos with the theme,” Working Towards A New Port Order: The Journey So Far”, also called for the re- establishment of Price Control Board.
Stakeholders in the maritime industry have again bemoaned incessant alerts that trail cargo clearance in the Nigerian seaports describing the situation as a clog in the wheel of progress in the business of shipping in Nigeria.
The stakeholders made the observation at a stakeholders’ meeting organized by the Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service at Apapa Lagos to appraise the performance of the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) which clocked one year in operation last on December.
…Says agencies not allowed to execute their mandate
THE Maritime Advocacy and Action Group (MAAG) has accused politicians as well as some perceived powerful stakeholders in the Maritime sector of thwarting the efforts of some government agencies operating in the sector in carrying out the mandates given to them by the Acts establishing them.
Speaking in a telephone interview with Daily Champion, the National Coordinator of MAAG, Alhassan Dantata stated that with what was happening in the case between some freight forwarding associations in the maritime industry and the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) on one hand and the legal action instituted by the Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) against the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) on the other hand, it was obvious that efforts were on to disallow some government agencies from carrying out their mandates.
The Chairman, National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA) Apapa Chapter, Alhaji Ibrahim Tanko has said that the Apapa Joint Freight Forwarding Associations which recently withdrew its services at the AP Moller Terminal (APMT) and ENL Terminal both in Apapa achieved 70% of its demands before returning to duty..