By Victoria Silvanus
Customs Area Controller (CAC) of Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Mrs. Jane Shoboiki, has said the command does not accord any preferential treatment to any agency in its operations hence all stakeholders operate in a level-playing field.
The Controller spoke while playing host to a delegation from the headquarters of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), who visited her.
Earlier, the team led by the President, Chief Increase Uche, had alleged that the command was known to favouring some stakeholders more than others.
While insisting that the command had no preference for anybody or group, the Customs Comptroller made it clear that the Service was for all those who make facilitate trade through honest declaration.
“I will not give preferential treatment to any agency in the course of doing my job in this office”, saying that the previous faceoff between her and the association had become a thing of the past.
Chief Uche while commending the CAC for her cordial reception of the group, reeled out the various reform measures embarked on by NAGAFF that had led to the present state of the association.
He used the opportunity to appeal to the Federal Government to address the traffic gridlock that had totally paralysed the port environment, adding that holding bays for trucks that line up the port routes should urgently be established to stem the crisis.
For now, he said, the authorities should halt further influx into Lagos by trucks by restricting their movement to a place like the Lagos-Ibadan axis until the current congestion was completely addressed.
Jane Shoboiki, CAC, Murtala Muhammed International Airport Customs Command