THE Africa Association of Professional Freight Forwarders and Logistics of Nigeria, APFFLON has called on the Comptroller General, CG, of Nigeria Customs Services, NCS, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (retd.) to urgently do a complete appraisal of customs operations in the country.
The call was contained in an open letter to the NCS boss by APFFLON, signed by its National President, Otunba Frank Ogunojemite.
APFFLON said it was reaching out to NCS in because of mix-up in the system, which it says is driven by parochialism and sycophancy, which hamper effective administrative information flow.
Making reference to the 2005 Presidential Committee on Customs Operations report, which tried to correct some of the observed ills in customs operation, the association said ”unfolding events in the ports are gradually taking the Service back to pre- Nigeria Customs ports and border operations of 2015.”
The statement, among others, read: “The code of ethics of NCS specifically prohibits officers and men of the Service from engaging in the business of clearing or forwarding of imported goods.
‘’But contrary to that, many of them (NCS men) flout this and other regulations by using fronts and other such arrangements to do so.’’
Among other abnormalities listed by APFFLON are: Insider trading and preferential treatment, controls and
racketeering, non compliance with rules of engagement, insecurity and safety etc.
As a remedy, it suggested that the use of camp boys at the operational base should be discouraged, while also advising Customs to embrace open-door policy in all ramifications, and also to empower Zonal Coordinators and Area Comptrollers by assigning greater responsibilities to them, and discourage insider training to achieve licensing regulations and advancement.
APFFLON also suggested the stoppage of indiscriminate use of task force in place of line staff and that the present task force should be disbanded and their work returned to the zonal and area commands.