THE National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA), said the implementation of ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CET), would ensure free movement of goods, services and capital within the sub-region.
The President of the council, Mr. Lucky Amiwero, said this in an interview with newsmen in Lagos at the weekend
“The name goes, Common External Tariff; that means everybody within the ECOWAS region is going to implement the same tariff.
“The one that has been negotiated, treated are going to be negotiated; that is, if it’s five per cent here, it’s going to be five per cent in Ghana, in other West African countries that are members of ECOWAS community.
“It is a tasking thing for Nigeria; very tasking in the sense that the goods, services and capital will be moving freely within the sub-region.
“And it is a very tall order for the country because for now, Nigeria is lacking in many areas; in the areas of power.
“We are still grappling with power, while some countries within the sub-region have steady power supply.’’
Amiwero said that as the sub-region moved toward a customs union, the Nigeria Customs Service should be in a position to comply with the dictates of the procedures as provided.
He said that the integration process was aimed at ensuring the maintenance of a single trade block worldwide.
The president of the council said that emphasis should be focused on policies that would help create employment and generate wealth to improve the nation’s economy.
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