In a press statement issued by Dr. Kayode at the National Secretariat of ANCLA in Lagos at the weekend, he gave reasons for calling for the state of emergency to include dilapidated portions infrastructures and the extortion of agents by the Nigeria Customs Service.
Speaking on behalf of ANCLA members, Dr. Kayode said “failure of NCS to conform to the implementation of ease of doing business, double examination on containers, extortion of ANCLA members, Customs release and arrest and rearrest of containers and above all, activities of FOU to query consignment base on low cargo and low value”.
Dr. Kayode who is also the Managing Director of Wealthy Honey Investment NiG LTD was very furious about the present state of the seaports and the land borders.
While lamenting the suffering, serious extortion by NCS and maritime police as being meted out on his members in the maritime sector he said “The Controller General of Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali is not bigger than Nigeria, he can not continue to flout the Executive order and actions is yet to be taken, the Inspector General of Police should come to the port and see how the maritime police has left there statutory functions and now obtain manifest from shipping companies and be stopping containers and call agents for settlement in which one hundred and fifty thousand is been paid per containers ”
“We hereby call for state of Emergency or better Suspend Ease of Doing Business in the maritime sector ” because it is not working. Ministries, Directorates and Agencies (MDA’s) behave to be bigger than the Federal Government they are working for and also flouting orders given by Nigerian Ports Authority with impunity and no sanctions meted to them. Are they now bigger than the country? he asked rhetorically.