The National President, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Hon. Iju Tony Nwabunike has thumbed up the Federal Government of Nigeria for directing banks to be fully operational during the lockdown period.
In a statement issued on Thursday, he applauded the directive by the federal government through the Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF), Mallam Boss Mustapha.
According to Nwabunike; “great professionals!!! In line with my earlier commitment to provide feedback on the issues surrounding our daily operations at the ports during the lockdown, I am pleased to inform you that the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF) has instructed that all customs brokers, freight forwarders and port users are exempted from the lockdown.
“Consequently, he has instructed all the security agencies operating in and out of the ports, particularly the Lagos State Police Commissioner, not to arrest or prevent any customs broker/freight forwarder going forward, as we are also designated as providing essential services”.
He, however, used the opportunity to sensitise them to ensure they have their port pass and means of identification.
“Ensure you always have your port pass and your company ID on you for proper identification.
“In the unlikely event that you are wrongly arrested by the police, please call me on 08030616133 for immediate intervention and release.
“I am also pleased to inform you that the Federal Government has instructed all banks to operate at full capacity. You can now pay your duty starting from tomorrow or the day after, without hitches.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank the SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha and Barrister Hassan Bello, the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers Council for their professional and prompt handling of these challenges.
“I also want to thank the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarders in Nigeria (CRFFN) Registrar and council members for the sensitisation visits to all Lagos ports on Wednesday,” Nwabunike said.
He further noted that ANLCA is indeed very grateful to the federal government for their prompt response to their plea.
Meanwhile, Nwabunike also reminded them to be wary of the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic as they carry out their official duties.
“Covid-19 is real and we must adhere to all directives from the authorities, including social distancing to stop the spread of the disease.
“I implore you to stay away from the ports. If you don’t have any business at this time. Stay safe,” he said.
Editing by ‘Biodun Soyele
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