By Ajibola Abayomi,
March 14, 2018
Customs Area Controller of Tincan Port Apapa, MUSA, M. B. A has reiterated the commitment of his command to resolve all the trade disputes at the port within 6 hours henceforth.
This is in line with ease of doing business as ordered by the government. He gave the assurances during his maiden media parley with maritime journalists.
He pledged the commitment of his team towards blocking all revenue leakages and to collect appropriate duties and meet our target of 354B.
“So far we have collected 62B. NICIS II is an upgrade of NICIS I with more efficient and functional capabilities to enable Quick Cargo Clearances thereby reduces transaction cost. Stakeholders / officers are undergoing training for ease of Implementation and Migration.
On trade facilitation, he said: “We are committed to contributing to the Economic growth and competiveness through Trade Facilitation and Ease of Doing Business Initiative of the Federal Government by making Customs process.
“And procedures more efficient to enable lower transaction cost for Business as well as achieve competiveness in Economic productivity, growths and improving the standard of living in the Country. We are to provide coordinating role in Ease of Doing Business Initiative.
“As part of Trade Facilitation, we are aware of the 48 hour Cargo Clearance Time. We have therefore deployed the ‘Time Release Studies as performance indicator to guide our performance. Other issue to contribute to this will include transport efficiency and efficient infrastructure which is beyond us.
“We are deploying software to handle the remaining part of the Export Procedures. It will enable records of none Oil Export, Agriculture and others.”
Controller Musa while noting the contribution of the media to the successes of customs operations, said “It is however instructive to note and pertinent to reiterate that the Media, have over the years proven to be a critical segment of the Global World in consideration of their role to National Development, it therefore suffices to say that the role of the Media cannot be overemphasized.
“It is on the basis of this, that shortly after my resumption, I had sought to meet with you earlier than now to seek ways of strengthening the existing relationship between the Service / Command and the Media and to seek for your support and cooperation.
Generally speaking, I have been fully briefed on the enormous cooperation that you extended to my predecessor which ultimately gave him the needed impetus to excel, through your very Constructive, Professional and Investigative reportage of our activities.
“Prior to this time, the Dispute Resolution Committee was meeting twice a week to deliberate on conflicts arising from Valuation, Classification, PAAR etc. However on assumption and as a pointer to our renewed enthusiasm for trade facilitation, I have directed that all issues arising from disputes must be attended to with dispatch” he said.