The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has warned freight forwarders to desist from making false allegations against the Deputy Controller, Valuation, Tincan Island Command, DC Frank Onyeka.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of ANLCA, Tincan chapter, Onome Monije said anyone living in a glass house was not expected to throw stones.
She gave the caution in view of the recent accusations against the DC Valuation of making clearing of vehicles at the command difficult for importers and agents.
Monije who said the Controller of the command, Comptroller A. A. Oloyede and the DC in question are senior officers with discipline who resume at their offices early enough to make sure that stakeholders are not stranded, added that if the persons complaining do not have skeletons in their cupboards, they won’t be ready to part with money to clear their containers.
She maintained that the Command’s CAC is always available for resolution of any complications arising from clearing goods at the command.
Monije who described DC Onyeka as a dedicated officer who resumes in his office by 7:30 every morning, added that he would not have condescended to extorting money from agents with excuses of not having video evidence of their examined containers.
According her, the officer explained that what warranted the videos is because some importers and agents sometimes wipe off the valuation figure description given to them and replace with another figure and description
She quipped that the.practice has led to revenue leakage to the federal government.
According to her, if any agent does not have a skeleton in his or her cupboard, why would such agent want to part with money to secure release of their consignments.
Stating how she was in the valuation office to monitor proceedings by herself, she maintained that DC Onyeka and other officers in the unit gave her warm reception even as they were diligent in their assignments. As a result we have assigned one of our members standby to watch procedures in line with easy of doing business.
“In addition valuation alert before custom release is to checkmate if original value collected was pay as given. It a check and balance to check short payment as a result of underpayment, scratching of value to the tune of 230m just discovered. The new SOP is to block leakage and no cause for alert.”
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