* ANLCA advocates for 15year cars benchmark.
By Frank Odinukaeze
Acting National President of Association Of Nigeria Licenced Customs Agents( ANLCA), Dr. Kayode Farinto has attributed insecurity currently ravaging the country to weak and poor security architecture.
Dr Farinto stated this in his Eid del Kabir celebration message to Muslim faithfuls.
The ANLCA president in a statement released on Friday advised members to eschew caution even as they celebrate Sallah
“Professional colleagues, on behalf of the National Executive Committee of our great Association and myself, we Felicitate with our Muslims brothers and sisters on this occasion of Eid El Kabir celebration. Congratulations to all of us.
“This year’s celebration, even though solemn, attests to the fact that Nigeria , our Nation is going through lots of security challenges as a result of Intelligence and security collapse, hence we advice our members to be security conscious during and after the Sallah celebration.
“We as trade facilitators will continue to do our best to ensure that more revenue is generated into the federation account, as part of our nation building. However, we are using the opportunity to appeal to the Federal Government to revisit many issues that can touch the lives of many Nigerians, especially the grassroots”.
The ANLCA president in the statement told the government that :
“The age limit on imported vehicles needs to be reviewed to at least 15years from the current 12 years.
“The entire Auto policy is a scam that has continued to enrich few individuals at the detriment of our economy. With the introduction in the last 10 years or more, we have been unable to produce ordinary radiator, meanwhile, few are smiling to the bank with our money under the guise of being local Assemblers and manufacturers. It is high time we revised this policy”he said
Stressing that the federal government needs to have consistent policy in the maritime industry.
According to him, government should put a stop to this system of trial and error in its policies as it is counter productive and most times leads to stagnation.
” Just when we thought there is Eureka in the transportation ministry, the government decided to change the minister and bring a new person that will start learning and commencing visitation in the next three months” he said
He ,called on the federal government to, in line with international best practices, to check the excesses and high handedness of the Nigeria Customs Service ( NCS),re orientate the management of the service towards effective service delivery as the present one has continuously caused chaos and confusion to the trading community
He noted that the Federal Ministry of Finance has failed in its supervisory role on the NCS and that has led to the unprofessionalism of the Service today.
“Finally,we urge our members to increase our level of compliance to show our patriotism to the Nation. As professionals that we are known for, we charge the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) to brace up to her responsibilities by giving qualitative leadership and increase capacity building for the freight forwarders.
“it is rather unfortunate that,ANLCA has been shouting for a very long time that foreigners are gradually taking over our profession but up till now , there seems to be no solution in sight to nip this in the bud. The government needs to do something urgently before the issue slips out of control.”he said.