By Godfrey Bivbere
The newly elected Executive Council of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has stopped what would have been a strike action that would have grounded the activities of Lagos ports over the weekend.
The action which was being championed by the Tin Can Port chapter of the (ANCLA), was as a result of what the chapter leaders termed â€œarbitrary increase in the tariff of vehicles imports.â€
National President of the Association, Prince Olayiwola Shittu, who prevailed on the chapter to suspend the strike however,Â condemned the hike in tariff which he said will only encourage smuggling.
According to him, â€œStrike action should be the last tool we shall resort to when all other avenues for peaceful resolution of the problem fail. Presently, the ANLCA headquarter is engaged in dialogue with the customs authority on how best to amicably resolve the problem,â€ the ANLCA helmsman declared.
He said that Farinto was justified on his hardline posture by calling for strike action as, according to him, the chapter chairman knows better the plight of his members in the chapter.
â€˜We have directed them (Tin can ANLCA) not to go on strike to enable the National body deal with the situationâ€™Shittu concluded.
The chapter chairman, Mr Kayode Farinto, had lambasted the customs authority for what he described as its insensitivity to the economic plight of Nigerians with the recent hike.
He had ordered his chapter members to stop work by the beginning of work this week while other chapters at PTML, ,Apapa, Kirikiri Lighter Terminal and Lilypond Terminal were expected to join as a sign of solidarity.
Recently, the customs authority has rolled out a new tariff regime on different categories and models of vehicles which was higher than the previous charges by an average of 20 per cent.Tin can port and PTML handle more than 80 per cent vehicles which legitimately enter the country.