The new ComptrollerÂ General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko, has been urged to dismantle some units at the seaports to facilitate cargo clearance.
The former Vice President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Mr Dayo Azeez, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.According to Azeez, the new Comptroller-General should have the political will to rationalise some units that delay cargo clearance at the seaports,
He said that officers working in units like Customs Intelligence Unit (CIU); Valuation; and Enforcement should be redeployed to the NCS Headquarters in Abuja.
The clearing agent said that Dikko should be able to decentralise all the Customs Processing Centres (CPC) at both Apapa and Tin-Can Island ports. Azeez suggested that each concessionaire should be able to have its own CPC to attain the much-desired 48-hour cargo clearance target.He told NAN that documentation at the exit gates of the seaports should be improved by posting more customs officers to the gates to release containers rather than the sole responsibility of an Assistant Comptroller of Customs.
â€With this, there will be no congestion of both cargo-laden trucks and clearing agents at the exit gates,â€ he said. According to him, a situation where agents queue at the gates for about three hours to finalise their documentation will be reduced to 30 minutes if the number of authorising officers are increased. Azeez described the appointment of Dikko last Friday as well deserved