ANLCA threatens strike action  if ports operations are not automated at post Covid-19.

Peter Olaniyi

The Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agent (ANLCA) has said full automation of Nigeria seaport is not negotiable at #post COVID-19.

The association threatened to halt operations at #Post-COVID- 19 if the port system refused to go on full automation.

Speaking with our correspondent, the National Secretary of ANLCA, Babatunde Mukaila said the association will not take no for an answer, stating that the scanners and the call-up system must be put to work in other to have a seamless operation at  Post COVID -19.

He stated that physical examination of cargoes at the port could have led to the six officers infected with the Coronavirus pandemic at the Apapa port.

According to him “Never again will ANLCA take no for an answer, full automation must be put in place at Post COVID- 19.

 “It’s not negotiable, the call-up system must work so that we can have a seamless operation.

“ The scanners have to be at the ports, the physical examination of cargoes has to stop, imagine about five customs officers at the Apapa Port were infected with the Coronavirus because of physical interference,  all this has to stop at post COVID-19” he concluded

Meanwhile, speaking with our correspondent recently, the public relations officer of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Tin Can Island, Command Uche Ejieseme,  has disclosed that the service will soon take delivery of the much awaited cargoes scanners anytime from now.

Recall that the NCS in February last year said it will take delivery of three scanners by end of the second quarter of 2020, which some stakeholders in the maritime industry doubted owing to physical examination of cargoes that has enriched some of the customs officers over the years.

The Tin Can Customs PRO explained that the scanners will assist in speeding up the clearing process as well as reduce the work of officers and men of the Service.

“Am sure any moment from now, we are taking delivery of the scanners, government has actually seen the need to support what we are doing with scanners to make it more seamless and with scanners, you can be sure that our operation will be faster and more seamless.

“The Government also understands the need for this, it has come up in different fora and the CGC has mentioned it and the National PRO have confirmed that,  so I am sure that sooner rather than later, the scanners will start rolling to the port and land borders” he said.

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