Customs AreaÂ Controller (CAC) of Kirikiri Lighter Terminal (KLT) Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Comptroller Mohammed A. Ahmed, has said that bad access roads have grounded nine of the eleven operational terminals under its Command, making it difficult for it to achieve the N68 billion target set for it at the beginning of the year.
Ahmed disclosed this in Lagos at the decoration of officers in the Command promoted by the Customs high command recently. He charged one of the promoted officers, Haruna Mohammadu, who was promoted from Assistant Controller (AC) to Deputy Controller (DC) to justify his promotion by discharging his duty to the best of his ability.
The Customs boss said the lull in activities in the command is as a result of the bad access roads which makes it difficult for containers to be transferred to KLT.
He explained that transfers are done only on weekends presently by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) management and about 100 containers can be moved in such situation..
Ahmed noted that from the N68 billion target, the Command is expected to collect about N5 billion monthly but they are only able to collect about N1 billion, except on a few occasions where they collected over N2 billion.
He noted that the Command received only four vessels last month while it has only received one this month. According to him, even that one which had 600 containers, had 400 stepped down in Apapa, leaving the command with just 200.
He attributed the unwillingness of importers to bring their consignments to the Command to bad access road. He noted that even when importers designate their consignment to the Command, there is no guarantee that such goods would get there on time.
He pointed out that because of the limitation of transfer of containers from Apapa to KLT during the weekend, only 100 are moved per transfer and when there are over 600 containers, it takes over a month to move all of them down.