Clearing agents operating at the nation’s seaports and border posts have issued a fresh 21-day ultimatum to the Federal Government after suspending their three day strike after a meeting in Lagos yesterday.
The agents comprising the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF and Amalgamation of Maritime Transport Owners AMARTO announced the suspension after a meeting in Lagos yesterday.
They said the strike was expedient so the FG could address the issues militating against the ease of clearing cargo which was affected by dilapidated access roads and rusty infrastructure at the ports.
The group said the strike was suspended after pleas by the government and other well-meaning Nigerians to address all the issues, which prompted the withdrawal of their services.
The clearing agents have however issued another 21-day ultimatum for government to meet their demands or face another round of struggles at the ports.
They also demanded that the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS Col. Hameed Ali should address all issues hindering cargo clearance including multiplicity of customs formations such as the Comptroller of Compliance Team, Federal Operations Unit, FOU.
They also want the Director-General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to also address stakeholders on the challenges they face in the course of clearing regulated items at the ports.
They have however, assured they would not relent until there was visible evidence that the government has provided palliatives to the fix the bad roads by mobilizing equipment to ports.
By Bright Bassey