ANLCA Fully In Support Of POF By CRFFN- Nwabunike

President, ANLCA, Mr Tony Iju Nwabunike

*** Says Over 2,000 Trucks With goods Trapped at the Nigerian Border

By Sandra Chukwunyere

Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has said that the body is 100 per cent in support of the just-commenced Practitioners Operating Fees (POF) and that the membership of the association will do everything humanly possible to ensure the project succeeds.

The group is saying that why they have agreed totally with them on collection of the fees was based on what the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) told them.
The National President of ANLCA, Mr Tony Iju Nwabunike stated this while briefing newsmen at the headquarters Amowo Odofin, Lagos on Tuesday.
According to Nwabunike, “I want to say that this association agreed totally that they should pay the POF based on the things they have told us”
Giving some of the things CRFFN has told them, Mr Nwabunike said: ” What has CRFFN told us? They told us that they are going to train us from the money. That we are going to get the one that will not go to Treasurer Single Account (TSA). That they are going to take care of us. That they Will take care of our welfare, that they will take care of the association. And it is extremely in line with what they are saying.”
The association said when they sat down to critically look at it, they were convinced.
According to the ANLCA President,the ongoing partial border closure have brought some gains to the country but there should be a review of the process for the benefit of legitimate importers.

‘Six months into the Seme border closure which commenced on Aug. 20, 2019 and the Federal Government keeps saying that they will reopen the borders soon”
“The present situation of goods now at the Seme borders is very sad and something should be done to reduce the suffering of the importers of these goods” 
He noted that some of the goods are seen with maggots coming out from them, adding that the climate was also not good for them as they are under harsh weather.
Nwabunike pointed that the border cannot be permanently closed, adding that they cannot ascertain the amount lost but that very huge amount was being wasted.
He urged government to do a quick review of the situation and allow dutiable goods from the affected neighbouring countries to pay duty and come in.
He called for a human face approach which would save many businesses from dying and ameliorate the indebtedness that many genuine businessmen and women found themselves due to the policy.
He noted that the border closure which led to the usage of the ports lead to port congestion due to the fact that the facilities at the port was not adequate for the huge traffic.
“Our members are besieging us at the secretariat with the numerous problems and professional issues they face due to the border closure and problems at the port”
“Some of the issues has to do with traffic gridlock due to bad access road, no scanners, multiple units of government agencies in and around the ports” he added.

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