By Godwin Oritse
THE Association of Bonded Terminal Operators (ABTO) and the Nigeria Customs ServiceÂ (NCS) haveÂ constituted seperate panels to investigate the where about of a container that got missing in transit.
The container got missing while being transferred from Denca Bonded warehouse to Dunca Bonded facilities in Apapa underÂ Customs escort.
The Public Relation Officer of the Association Mr Tope Ogungbemile said that the missing container has been brought to the notice of the group, adding that the group has constituted a panel to look into the disappearance of the said container.
Ogungbemile who is also the Managing Director of Michelle Bonded Terminal stated that the moment the Committee concludes its investigation, it will make its findings public.
He said â€œ It is true that a container actually got missing and two of our members are involved and we have set up a Committee to find the true picture of the situation.
â€œWe are aware that the Customs is also investigating the matter, we have constituted own Committee andÂ we are determined to get to the root of the matter”
The group according to Ogungbemile, will also sanction any anybody who is found to have aided the disappearance of the container.
He explained that this is the first time the Association of bonded terminal operators isÂ getting a report of a missing container.
Explaining further, the groupâ€™s spokesman said that there are lots of guidelines involved in the transfer of container from one point to another, adding that the association will want to know if any of these guidelines were breached.
â€œThis is the first time a case of container missing in transit is being reported to the association, there are lots of guidelines involved in the transfer of containers from ports to terminal, from terminal to terminal.
â€œWe have security from the Federal Operations Unit that must escort the container from point â€˜Aâ€™ to â€˜Bâ€™, there are other security arrangement put in place to ensure that the container get to its destination safely.
â€œWhoever is transferring the container must have some documentation to show the state of the container likewise the recipient of the container must also have documentation to show that the container was actually received.
â€œI do not want tp pre-empt the work of the Committee, we will wait for the outcome of the panel before we take the appropriate action on any body found wanting.