By Joy Okoli
The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has joined terminal operators as defendants in a suit it had filed in 2015 against the collection of the Practitioners Operations Fee (POF) by the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN).
National Publicity Secretary of ANLCA, Dr. Kayode Farinto confirmed this when speaking at the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) secretariat in Apapa, Lagos recently.
Farinto said that regardless of the existing court case, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi had issued a directive to terminal operators to begin collection of POF as from 1st of August.
“We got it from a grape vine that the Minister of Transportation has given the approval that terminal operators should now collect the POF, and this issue has been very contentious because we are in court, so what we had to do was go to court and join the terminal operators in the suit and restraining them from going ahead to collect the POF”, he said.
Speaking about the protest at Tincan he said “What we did was a peaceful demonstration from all our members, we are not picketing anybody or stopping them from doing their work, we are just reminding them that once a case is in court, the two parties are expected to maintain Status quo, and we have given STOAN a copy of that summon”, he said.
The ANLCA spokesman also confirmed that the CRFFN, NPA and port police have all been served a copy of the summon.