Chamber of Commerce to monitor implementation of streamlining checkpoints

Toyin Ajadi, Lagos

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry says it will monitor and track the implementation of the directive from the Customs to streamline the checkpoints within the country.

The Director General of the Chamber, Muda Yusuf also called on other private sector bodies to be part of the monitoring of the directive which he describes as a major step towards the realization of promoting the ease of doing business in Nigeria.

Yusuf said ‘Many traders and individual car owners had suffered untold hardship because of the numerous checkpoints on the highways in various parts of the country mounted by operatives of the Nigeria customs service.  The streamlining of their operations is therefore a welcome development.  The development is a clear demonstration of the responsiveness of the present administration to complaints of the private sector on business environment issues’’. 

The Director General further called on other security agencies whose activities also disrupt domestic trade through their numerous check points to take a cue from the Nigeria customs service.

‘’Domestic trade generates perhaps the largest number of jobs in the economy, next to agriculture.  It also contributes 16% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product [GDP].  It needs all the protection that the government can give.  The sector is also very critical in the value chain of the real sector such as manufacturing, agriculture, solid minerals and oil and gas.  After all whatever is produced must be distributed for value delivery to end users or the final consumer’’, he said.

The directive by the Customs headquarters was at the instance of the Presidential Enabling Business Environmental Council.

 The Directive

The Customs headquarters issued a directive last week that all customs check-points outside 40 kilometers of the nation’s land borders be removed.

Similarly, it ordered that all customs checkpoints outside the ports areas be removed.

Compliance is to be effected on or before 11th August 2017.

Approved checkpoints within the geographical stipulation of 40 km will also be published on the website of the Nigerian customs service.

Ime Njoku