By DAPO OLAWUNI
The Customs Zonal Coordinator Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service, Assistant Comptroller General of Customs Modupe Aremu has validated the Ikorodu government warehouse, saying that the terminal can accommodate 9,000 containers and other cargoes.
This position was expressed by the customs boss today, 5th of October after her working visit to the terminal for an on-the-spot assessment of the general conditions of the warehouse.
There had been rumors in the media that the Ikorodu government warehouse was filled to the brim and could no longer accommodate overtime cargoes.
According to a press statement issued by the spokesman of the Zonal Headquarters of customs, Chief Superintendent of Customs, Uche Ejesieme
“This is coming on the heels of some insinuations in the media space which erroneously indicated that the facility is filled to the brim, and therefore can no longer be readily available for deposition of overtime/seized goods.
“In the course of the visit, the ACG took time to inspect all the goods domiciled in the facility, had engagement with the critical stakeholders, including the security and regulatory agencies on ways to ensure sanity and security of the facility.
“It also provided an opportunity for a true assessment of the space in the facility contrary to the opinion advertised in the media, which suggests that the facility is overcrowded/ congested.
The facility can comfortably accommodate about 9000 containers and other general goods.
“The ACG was received by officer in charge, A.C. William Akpabio, who led other officers and stakeholders on the working tour.
“Feeling quite elated at the conduct of the officer/men, the ACG charged them to ensure transparency and professionalism in discharge of their duties, to enable the service accomplish its mission and vision.
On his part, the Acting Chairman of Ikorodu Chapter of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) Chief Martins Ikechukwu who welcomed the customs ACG Aremu to Ikorodu told DAILY TREND at the end of the visit that the clearing agents are excited by the customs boss visit.
Chief Ikechukwu had on Tuesday in a chat with our correspondent condemned the media report that Ikorodu government warehouse was filled up.
He reiterated that the stakeholders are committed to ensure that the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) gets it’s revenue on transfer charges, saying that has been a bane of transferring overtime cargoes to Ikorodu.
According to him, the ACG Aremu has “promised to give accurate report at Abuja and she also support the move of ANLCA as regards our effort in working as a team in Ikorodu
“She once again expressed condolences on our past chairman’s demise and pray such will not happen in our midst again” he said