By Godfrey Bivbere
The Tin-can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS has blamed the lull in port business to Chinese holiday and the Federal Government fiscal economic policy instead of the general elections as alleged by some stakeholders.
Disclosing this to Vanguard Maritime Report in Lagos, Public Relations Officers of the Command, Uche Ejesieme said that during the said holiday, production activities are completely shutdown in that country.
He also noted that at the beginning of each year, importers normally wait to see the direction of government before embarking on any form of business transaction.
According to him, “The lull in business at the port is as a result of what they call the Chinese Holiday and most of the cargo that come into ports in Lagos, especially Tin-can Island are from China, Asia region. It is a time when production are shut down, a time when the go on recess.
“So we are generally witnessing a normal slow in business, couple with the fact that the year is just beginning and activities are just starting to picking up. “Elections have nothing to do with our operations, we are on ground and we also know that we are not partisan; we are just doing our statutory job the way we are supposed to. On significant thing is that this period activities are always slow.
“I think the anxiety associated with the budgetary pronouncement by the Federal Government because sometimes importers want to wait for the budget for the fiscal year to know the direction government is going. That in my opinion is also why there is a lull in business activities.
“The Customs Area Controller, CAC, Musa Baba Abdullahi, held several meetings with stakeholders and key officers for agenda setting since January to inform them on what to expect this year,” he noted.