Lagos clears air on wharf landing fees controversy

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By Olasunkanmi Akoni

THE Lagos State Government has claimed that the state’s Wharf Landing Fees Collecting Authority has authorized backing to gather charges from automobiles cleared on the ports in Lagos.

Chairman of the Authority, Prince Gboyega Salvador-Adebayo, made this declare following trending story on the social media concerning the Authority’s alleged unlawful clamp down on 15 assorted automobiles just lately cleared on the port.

Speaking by way of the Public Affairs Officer of the Authority, Oputeh Michael, Salvador-Adebayo said: “I’ll categorically state that members of the Nigeria Licensed Customs Agent, ANLCA, and different maritime unions are totally conscious of the wharf touchdown charges assortment by the Lagos State Government.

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“Immediately after leaving the ports, vans, buses and automobiles are anticipated to pay the mounted charges said within the Law, that are recognized to the brokers. The brokers claimed they pay N200 they usually issued a receipt, I’ll equally state that the least of the wharf touchdown charges is N300 for automobiles and we don’t challenge receipt we solely give stickers; the company solely points receipt to people who pay penalty to the state authorities account.

“Any particular person in possession of products on which wharf touchdown charge is chargeable, whether or not as proprietor, shipper, transporter or agent shall be liable to pay the quantity prescribed within the schedule within the legislation.

“The wharf landing fees collectors are not thugs as claimed by the agents and other maritime union, they are collecting revenue on behalf of the Lagos State Government and majority of them are graduates from the Nigeria higher institutions.”

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