By Godfrey Bivbere
Apapa Area1 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, and the Management of the APM Terminals Apapa Limited are presently engaged in war of words over the health condition of the physical examination bay at Apapa port. The Command’s Customs Area Controller, CAC, Charles Edike, had taken some journalists to port to inspect the facility following claims by APM Terminal that they have provided the Service with new examination bay.
Edike showed the journalists the current site being used by the Customs which is said to be a temporary site. He said that despite the visit of the Minister of National Planning, Shamsuddeen Usman, and directive that a stop gap measure be put in place, the site is still as it was when the minister visited weeks back.
The Customs boss reaction followed a claim by APM Terminals that it has handed over a multi-million naira facility to Customs for physical examination.
However, Managing Director of APM Terminals Apapa Limited, Mr. Andrew Dawes, said in Lagos that the present condition of the physical examination site at the terminal is temporary as a new physical examination facility is being built and will be ready by the second quarter of next year.
Dawes said that the physical examination site built earlier and handed over to the then Port Manager of Lagos Port Complex, Apapa, Mr. Joshua Asanga, in 2010, could not be used by Customs at the time due to process variance.
He said a new physical examination facility is already being built for Customs use and will be ready by the second quarter of 2014.