JULY 30TH, 2008 CUSTOMS CLOSES TERMINAL IN TINCAN ISLAND PORT
The Comptroller-General of Customs Hamman Bello Ahmed has directed the immediate withdrawal of Customs Officers posted to Terminal A of the Tincan Island Port, Lagos. The closure of the Terminal for customs operations was effected because of the inability of its operators – Josephdam Nigeria Limited, to provide adequate office accommodation for Customs operatives deployed at the Terminal.
The Comptroller General gave the directives at the port after a surprise visit undertaken to assess the performance of the Terminal Concessionaires in developing their areas of operations. he regretted that after several warnings, the defaulting operator has failed to discharge its responsibilities as provided for under the Law.
He directed that no cargo should be discharged in the Terminal until further notice.
“We shall not tolerate a situation where the operators are working in a conducive environment, while the officers are kept in a container”, he declared.
At Terminal B and D, he expressed similar dissatisfaction with the situation, but gave the operators two month grace period to improve the facilities.
The Terminals are operated by Tincan Island Container Terminal and 5 Star Logistics Limited respectively.
The Comptroller-General of Customs however commended the operators of Terminal D, Ports and Cargo Handling Company (SIFAX) for the level of infrastructural development carried out in the concessional Area.