IMAN withdraws from Illegal Imports Task Force
L -R (Front Row): Suleiman, Mohammed; and Director of Finance Lekki Port LFTZ, Mr. Kundan Sainani. (L-R Back Row); Executive Director LFTZ, Mr. John Mastoroudes; former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Chief Joseph Sanusi; and Omatseye pose for the cameras during the ministerial visit.
Hit by a leadership crisis, the Importers Association of Nigeria (IMAN) has withdrawn its membership of the National Task Force on Illegal Importation of Contraband Goods, Arms, Ammunitions and Light Weapons.
The task force, Ships & Ports recalls was inaugurated by the Federal Ministry of Finance on July 16, 2010.
The President of IMAN, Chief Onuchukwu Clark, who until now was a member of the task force, said last Tuesday in Lagos that the association found out that two suspended members of the IMAN Board of Trustees (names with held) were inaugurated into the task force.
Clark said that, consequently, IMAN had petitioned the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Inspector-General of Police and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Clark urged the Finance Minister to take urgent steps to save the image of the nation and save importers from harassment by removing the two suspended IMAN members from the task force.
The IMAN boss said that the so called National Task Force Consultant was not recognised and appointed by the leadership of IMAN to represent the body in any capacity.
He, however, said that the IMAN had confidence in the Nigeria Customs Service Anti-Smuggling Task Force, the Nigeria Police Force, State Security Service (SSS), Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), National Agency for Foods, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and other agencies of government statutorily authorised by law to combat illegal importation of contraband goods.
Clark assured that IMAN would continue to partner with all these agencies of government and other major stakeholders, including Central Working Committee of Freight Forwarders of Nigeria (CWCFFN), Council for Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), Port Consultative Council (PCC) and Port Industry Anti-Corruption Standing Committee.