By Oluyinka Onigbinde
The National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents, NCMDLCA, has petitioned the Presidency on attempts by the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, to limit entry to the ports to holders of membership card of the Council for Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria, CRFFN.
National President of the Council, Lucky Eyis Amewiro, said that the attempt was in contravention of the Customs and Excise Management, CEMA, Act which empowers only licensed Customs agents to perform the function of processing documentation relating to import, export and manufacturing.
He noted that the law empowers only licensed Customs agents to perform the function of examination and clearance of goods in any port after being licensed by the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS.
Similarly the Council in another petition to the Presidency accused the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, of indulging in illegality for attempting to collect Practioners Operating Fees (POF), despite a court order stopping the collection.
On the CRFFN, Lucky pointed out that the federal high court had earlier dissolved the governing council as at May 24, 2015 which upheld that, the tenure of the governing council expired on November 25, 2012 that the council had vacated office.
The Council boss said that the collection of POF contravenes the statues that established the CRFFN, the letter from the Secretary to the Government of the Federation on the dissolved Council since November 2012 and a negation of the ease of doing business campaign of the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.