By Chinedu Eze
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Murtala Muhammed International Airport, has introduced new measures whereby it takes about 10 minutes for passengers to clear their goods.
This latest method has eliminated the crowd at the cargo shed of the airport and also boosted the organisation’s revenue, THISDAY has learnt.
The move was disclosed by the Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Lagos Airport, Eporwei Edike, when the Managing Director of THISDAY Newspapers, Mr. Eniola Bello, paid him a courtesy visit in his office on Wednesday.
The Customs Area Controller said that the organisation has fully embraced Information Communication Technology (ICT) and now importers can clear their good online; a facility that would further eliminate crowding at the cargo terminal of the airport.
“We now dispense with people’s clearing papers in 10 minutes and if we cannot treat a paper, we tell the supervisor to explain why.
This is because one second delay can snowball into days and since we started dispatching clearing papers in minutes, things started moving quicker,” the Area Controller said.
Edike said that this new method has boosted the revenue of Customs at the Lagos to the extent that it has more than doubled.
“Our turnover is far, far more than that of last year at the same period. We make it our duty to ease the pains of people. We clear cargo with speed, unlike in the past when you see dozens and dozens of people shouting like in the market. We gave a lot of attention in not delaying goods,” he also added.
The CAC also disclosed how his organisation seized explosives smuggled into the country through the airport and ensnared the owner who lived in Kaduna to come to clear the goods in Lagos and when he arrived he was quickly handed over to concerned authorities for prosecution.
“We seized these explosives, the importer was in Kaduna and we used intelligence to bring him here and handed him over to the police,” he added.
He commended THISDAY Newspapers and said that the paper and its sister publications have helped to improve the image of Nigeria and enjoined the company to continue in what it is doing, adding that his office would be of service anytime it was called upon.
Earlier the Managing Director, Bello, thanked the Area Controller for his assistance to the management of THISDAY when the later brought into the country, models, producers, fashion designers and others from different part of the world to participate at the Arise Fashion Week, which was held in Lagos recently.
“We want to thank you for the assistance you gave us when we brought fashion designers, models, producers from all over the world with their equipment, an event that attracted huge coverage from all over the world. We came to say thank you because anytime we call on you, you have always responded”, the MD added.