The Zonal Director NCC Lagos, Barrister Chris Nkwocha who said this during the stakeholders meeting with the new Comptroller General of Customs (CGC) Col. Hammed Ali (Rtd), highlighted on how synergy with the Nigerian Customs Service in the past four years have reduced the scourge of piracy in Nigeria.
Stakeholders present in the meeting being the first in the series of the new CGC familiarization tour to Lagos includes Representatives of Federal Government Agencies such as NCC, SON, NIMASA, NAQS, Associations of Licensed Customs Agents, Terminal Operators, Banks and the Press.
The CGC while elaborating on his zeal and passion for performance, said, every stakeholder is key in terms of clearing dues, excise and import duties. He stated that for effectiveness, there is need for set down parameters of operation within the system. Likewise, he warned about falsified declaration of items on manifest, under-declaration, wrong declaration and other trade malpractices perpetrated by importers and freight forwarders as 5 year jail term without an option of fine awaits offenders.
Similarly, issues bothering on Current currency procurement, Customs licensing, Tariff reduction, Customs training for officers, Auction bills, Dysfunctional scanners, Expansion of escort officers at port terminals, Smuggling and contraband issues and Trade facilitation were raised by stakeholders and discussed during the meeting.The CGC thanked all the stakeholders present for the meeting and called for proper channeling of all genuine complaints. Reiterating his zero tolerance for corruption in the maritime sector, he said integrity, honesty and transparency remains paramount in his tenure.
Abutu, Amos Olofu
For: Director - General