The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, Onne chapter, Rivers state, has called on the authorities of Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, to check the increasing extortion and seizure of goods duly cleared at the ports belonging to her members by men of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, manning checkpoints on the Highway.
Chairman of the Association, Kingsley Offor; Chairman, Board of Trustees, ANLCA, Henry Njoku; Secretary of ANLCA, Ifeanyi Isikaku and Chairman of Oil and Gas chapter of ANLCA, Mike Ebeatu who stated this in Port Harcourt while receiving one of their members elected into the House of Representatives representing Aba federal constituency,, Hon. Ossy Prestige, lamented that the situation has adversely affected their businesses.
They called on the Customs authorities to check the trend stressing that it has increased the cost of doing business in the area as they now find it difficult to break even.
While describing the lawmaker as the first from the South East and South South zones of the Association to emerge a member of the National Assembly, ANLCA urged him to introduce bills in the House that would streamline the maritime industry, stressing that most times; policies formulated by government for the sector are at variance with the situation at the ports.
“We will want him to table on the floor of the House of Representatives the issue of men of the Nigerian Customs manning checkpoints on the Highways and seizing goods which were duly cleared at the ports and other matters affecting the industry.”
Responding, the lawmaker commended the Association for their support and pledged to be a good ambassador of the people as well as protect the interest of ANLCA through the introduction of bills that would benefit the masses and maritime industry