By Ajibola Abayomi,
September 26, 2018.
Operators st the Free Trade Zone (FTZ), have been urged to comply with government directives on the clearance procedures so as to ensure ensure smooth revenue drive and trade facilitation
This advice was given by the Tin Can 2 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service.
Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Lami Wushishi made the plea during her maiden visit to Lagos, Lekki and Dangote Free Trade Zones during the week in Lagos.
Wushishi, a former area controller in charge of Kirikiri Lighter Terminal (KLT), said that Customs would continue to support investors in the Free Trade Zone to generate more revenue for the government to boosting the nation’s economy.
She advised the investors to make use of Custom form M, noting that some of the operators in the zone do not make use of the document in duty payment.
“We know that duty paid is on raw materials but From M is very important and this issue must be addressed with the Central Bank of Nigeria. ”
She said that bulk of revenue collection by the Lilypond /Tin Can 2 command was generated from the zone and and called for synergy between government agencies and the investors.
Wushishi pledged that customs would continue to work with its three “R” and urged officers on ground to effective decisions to make up for the distance between the command and the zone.
While commenting on the ongoing construction of the Lekki deep-sea port in the zone, the comptroller said that the project would give the government more revenue and increase employment rate.
“The Free Trade Zone investment is a project that must not fail because we want it to grow and we are going to put in our best to make sure they succeed .
“This is where we get bulk of our revenue for the command because from the zones we get close to one point something billion naira on a monthly basis and is not what the service should joke with because if we joke with it definitely it will affect our revenue drive .
“We will assist you in anyway best possible to make your business succeed .
She explained that the visit to the zone serve as further collaboration with the investors in order to boost revenue for the customs.
Responding, Deputy Managing Director, Lekki Free Zone Development Company, Mr. Popson Popoola Jaiyesimi suggested to the customs boss to set up a committee that would address issues raised.
Jaiyesimi who noted that the free zone was established in 2006, called on government initiate constant dialogue with parties involved in trade facilitation .
He said delivery of first class services to client was the focal point of the organisation and that things ought to be done the right way.
Also speaking, Sole Coordinator of NEPZA, Lagos Free Trade Zone Company, Wilfred Odega said that: “We are working to bring everybody on board but government policy somersaults has led to the confusion on ground.”
Similarly, Head Dangote Free Trade Zone, Dr. Angel Okocha called on government to encourage investors in the zone in order to boost revenue collection and trade facilitation.