BY GODFREY BIVBERE
THE National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF, has slammed the Federal Ministry of Finance for deliberate underfunding of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, even as it called for partial autonomy of the Service to enable it meet it responsibilities.
The group in a letter with ref: NAGAFF/HQ/01/F/101/36 dated August 5, 2014, to President Goodluck Jonathan, said the under-funding of the Customs affects the Service from its core function of facilitation of trade, in addition to intensifying its security watch on the nation’s borders.
NAGAFF said, “We have observed from our strategic point as critical stakeholders that at the moment, it is apparent that the Nigeria Customs Service is being under funded which may be currently affecting its operations and the freight forwarding business.”
The group declared in the letter, signed by its founder, Boniface Aniebonam, that its understanding of the President Jonathan’s transformation agenda implies a genuine desire “to usher in development and prosperity to the Nigerian people”.