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Clearing agent advises FG to stop new contract on single window system

Mr Lucky Amiwero, President, National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents, has advised the Federal Government to terminate its contract with the Single Window System Technology Ltd. The single window system provides a single point  for clearance of cargoes,  thereby reducing costs and simplifying the administrative processes.

Amiwero said in a statement issued in Lagos  that it was faulty to award a fresh contract when the subsisting one on single window was still running successfully. According to him, the country has existing contract with WEBB FONTAINE that is running successfully.

“As a responsible institution with tested and proven managers, we make bold to say that no matter how far one may have gone in the wrong direction, it is never too late to go back.We have followed events at the recently held public hearing put together by the Ad-Hoc Committee of the House of Representatives to investigate the issue.

The revelation that emanated from the event unveiled a total disregard for due process. This is lack of sincerity of purpose and above all, an attempt by very insincere individuals to parasite our nation’s economy and place us on the fast track backwards,” Amiwero said.

He said that the new concession agreement had made the Nigeria Customs Service a toy in the hands of ministry officials. Amiwero said that the new contract will adversely affect the government because it will be a waste of resources to sign fresh agreement with another company.

He said that WEBB FONTAINE had been given the power to monitor imports and exports from the system on behalf of Nigeria Customs Service and that this had been working effectively.Amiwero said that with the assistance of WEBB FONTAINE and the Automated Systems for Customs Data, there had been more simplified document processing and procedures at the ports.

He, therefore, urged the House of Representatives to cancel the contract since the agreement would be a duplication of services and waste of resources.


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