Unauthorised persons still gain entrance into operational and restricted areas in the Muritala Mohammed International Airport Command, in spite of the measures put in place, after the reopening of the NAHCO shed. This, it was understood, is being made possible by the Security Officials of FAAN, SAHCOL and NAHCO.
This revelation was made, when the National President of ANLCA and Executives of MMI Airport Chapter paid a courtesy visit to the Customs Area Comptroller- Mr Adegoke to discuss operational challenges at the command.
Issues bordering on persons gaining entrance into restricted areas like the tarmac and break bulk space, monitoring and enforcement groups, non-observance of first come first serve, lack of equipment and manpower by the terminal operator, double examinations (scanning/physical), lack of conducive working environment, etc were fully discussed and very frankly too.
The unilateral discretion of officers and men of Nigeria Customs, were also mentioned by the National President, who appealed to the CAC to always carry ANLCA along in all the policies and decisions of the command, in order to ensure a harmonious and peaceful working relationship.
The CAC in response, promised to decisively tackle all the operational difficulties encountered by customs licensed agents working in his command.
Importantly, he appealed to the two association- ANLCA and NAGAFF- to cooperate in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Comptroller Adegoke was however informed that all members of ANLCA are licensed by Customs, to operate within Customs area. Those without Customs licenses should not be accommodated for security reasons.
Each license is permitted to enrol three members of their staff, for operational convenience and no more.
The National President appealed for a relaxation of stringent measures until the esbacklog of cargo is evacuated.