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Customs agents promise improved revenue

By Godfrey Bivbere
National President of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, Prince Olayi-wola Shittu, has said the Association intends to improve the revenue deriavable to the Federal Government by ensuring that the right duties are paid on all goods imported or exported.

Shittu, who disclosed this in Lagos, explained that the association intends to achieve this by ensuring that clearing agents adhere to professionalism in the performance of their duties.

To ensure actualisation of the desire, the ANLCA boss noted that they have lined up a seminar as part of its National Executive Council, NEC, meeting coming up in Abuja, 28th October.

Speaking on the seminar, Chairman of the NEC Organising Committee, Dr. Oparah Emmanuel Ogu, stressed that it is the same reason that made the association to collaborate with the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS.
Oparah noted that the collaboration would help prepare and enlighten both bodies and ensure  the right thing is done in the performance of their duties in the ports and border areas.

He pointed out that the seminar topic is “Customs and Licensed Agents/Brokers Synergy: An Imperative for Trade Facilitation and Optimum Revenue Collection.”

The Chairman of the NEC organising Committee also disclosed that they decided to move the seminar to Abuja because of the desire of the Association to enlighten senior government officials and policy makers of the important role of agents duty to the economy of the nation.

To this end he continued, the Ministers of Finance, Transport and their counterpart in the Interior are expected to be guest at the seminar. Similarly, top officials of the national Assembly, including the Senate President, David Mark, Speaker of the House of Representative, Demiji Bankole and other principle officials whose functions are related to activities in the ports.


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