By DAPO OLAWUNI
The West African Road Transport Union (WARTU) has commended the containerisation of cargoes coming through the Seme Border, saying that this has reduced smuggling and bad jobs at the land border.
Cordinator of WARTU at the Seme Border, Mr Peter Umukoro stated this in a chat with DAILY TREND NEWS, even as expressed hopes in the new leadership of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) at the border chapter headed by Alhaji Sule Onyekachi.
Umukoro who is also the Vice Chairman of National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA) noted that since the commencement of the containerisation of cargoes by Seme Customs Command, it has reduced smuggling of contraband goods coming through the border.
“All the former practice at the border has been stopped, now you must pay your full duty and make sure normal cargo clearance procedure is followed, just like what is applicable at Apapa and Tin Can Port
“All cargoes, including ETLS must all come in containers, the customs have started containerising, so every cargo now come in containers, it is containers we now see at the border now
“The Customs Area Controller of the Seme Command is a no nonsense man” Umukoro stated.
He stated that even though normal operations is ongoing at the border, many importers have withdrawn from importing their cargoes through the border.
“Importers are still scared to bring their jobs to Seme Border after the 2019 border closure, the shock of the closure is still in their body” he said
He however expressed optimism that business would start flowing again since the incoming executives of ANLCA Seme Chapter has taken over.
According to him, all the various associations at the border are engaging on sensitization of importers and Alaba marketers who have since abandoned the border.
“The representatives of the National Executive Committee came to install the new chairman, Alhaji Sule Onyekachi, you know the Secretariat has been on lockdown for sometime now because some people went ahead to put a native charm at the door.
But the National came to inaugurate the new executives on Wednesday”
“The border has been dormant for years now, and we cannot continue like that.
Alhaji Onyekachi is now the Chairman of ANLCA at Seme Border, while Abu Millonare is the Vice Chairman, together, we are going to boost everywhere so that jobs can start flowing and the border can boom” he said