Category: Opinion

What is your take on the recent directive by the Customs CG that all officers’ declare their assets?

We believe that most of these customs officers are corrupt, so I believe the directive that they should declare their assets would help curtail some of their tendencies...

What do you know about NIMASA?

As I have heard and read, NIMASA is the top promotional and regulatory maritime agency. They were merged together with two former parastatals of the federal ministry of...

What are your expectations for the maritime sector in 2016?

We are looking forward to a more robust maritime sector this year, 2015 was not good for the sector at all because of some government policies especially the Central...

What do you know about the shipping sector?

Shipping has to do with water transportation. Several goods such as cars, clothing, foodstuffs, fruits, drinks, equipment and so on are exported and imported into the...

Do you think the completion of the truck holding bay at Tin Can Island port will solve the traffic problem in Apapa?

It may take off the pressure from the road but that is as far as the trucks carrying containers are concerned. We know that the tankers are also contributing to the...

Do you support the devolution of powers to Customs zones?

Of course, that is the right thing and that is how it ought to be. It is because the zones are not empowered that is why we have trade issues drag on for too long....

What do you think of the imposition of charges on the Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) by the Nigerian Shipper’s Council?

We believe this will lead to increase in cost of doing business to our members so it is something we would not want to support. I t is going to create additional work....

What are your expectations from the new Transport Minister?

The new minister has a lot on ground. There are a lot of paper work and recommendation for him to work on.  For example, in the shipping aspect, there is need for him...

Do you support the ongoing reorganization in Customs?

It is okay because even when you prune a tree, it brings out more beautiful branches.  Although the retired officers have a lot to offer in terms of experience, it’s...

Do you support that the former Destination Inspection Service providers take over maintenance of scanning machines at the ports?

I am very much in support that they take over. Customs hands are filled with many jobs so if they relieve them of scanning operations and handover to the former ...

Do you support the lifting of ‘restriction’ on importation of rice through the land borders?

I know that with the lifting of the ban, rice importation will also suffer some set back because we will have a lot of it coming through the borders which will never be...

Are you satisfied with the pace of activities at the various Customs commands since the appointment of Ali?

Everything is slow but the Comptroller General (CG) is doing his job. He has come to play his own part to carry out instructions from the President who assigned him to...

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