—- call for state of emergency at ports
Freight Forwarders operating at the nation’s seaport have urged the Federal Government to declare state of emergency at the nation’s seaport owing to the various bottlenecks confronting them in the discharge of their services at the nation’s port.
Addressing journalists yesterday, the Vice President of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agent (ANLCA), Kayode Farinto lamented the various hinderances inhibiting trade and the need for government to take decision before clearing agents take laws into their hands
Farinto lamented that freight Forwarders lose on weekly basis an average of N300 million to corrupt elements who have turn port access road to a money making avenue for themselves.
Topping the lists for some of the reasons why the government needs as a matter of urgency to declare state of emergency includes the disbandment of the Presidential Task Team which he said has lost the essence of establishing it ab initio
Farinto alleged that freight Forwarders lose about N300 million on a weekly basis to illegal collection by some members of the task team.
He informed that the illegal collection of money has now gotten to a point that could be described as the survival of the fittest before a truck can be allowed entrance to the port as a result of bribery and corruption predominantly present at the port.
According to him “It is high time Federal Government declared state of emergency in the Nigeria Maritime Industry vis a vis the fact that we are not getting it right.
“Let me give you an example.
“Although everybody has contributed one thing or the other to the problem, but I think the bulk of the problem lies with the government be that as it may, i will want the government to declare state of emergency at the ports and we should not wait for the youths to start taking laws into their hands, government needs to do a lot of things fast before it deteriorates to self help that may lead to a state of banana republic
“And among these issues of declaring state of emergency is disbanding the so called presidential Task team because they’ve lost the essence of which it was created ab initio.
The ANLCA vice president also lamented lack of electronic call up system, stating that the manual call up system its full of abnormalities that encourage corruption, while urging the government to set up an institution that will fizzle out corruption in the port
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