Lagos — The Controller General of the Nigeria Customs Service Abdullahi Dikko Inde yesterday threatened to shut down the APM Terminals, operator of the Apapa Container Port for failure to meet the standard working conditions required for the operations of customs officers and quick positioning of cargoes for inspection.
Dikko made the threat while responding to allegations of incessant delays against the terminal operator at a stakeholders' sensitization meeting on the Pre Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) held yesterday at the Apapa area one premier port, Lagos.
"I can show you the power of customs, by the time we close down the place; they will find solution to the problems of not making the terminal conducive. Ministers have been there and they made report against it," he said.
Many licensed customs agents at the meeting complained of poor examination facilities and delays in placing containers for examination against APMT, which they said constituted bottlenecks to trade facilitation at the port.
The customs boss, who also took a first-hand assessment visit of the terminal was visibly disappointed at the poor state of the facility as containers were being opened and examined on dusty floors which makes examination difficult under rains.
He however debunked the allegation that there are some customs officers in the ports who goes by the acronym 'CG' boys and obstructs activities of free flow of cargo even when the CAC's have released such goods, they allegedly do not take orders from CACs but demand gratifications from stakeholders.
Inde said: "There is nothing like CG boys. It is a blackmail. If you have anybody who calls himself CG boys, bring name and see what I will do."