the federal government has warned apm terminals at apapa and others to adhere to government’s freight forwarders’ directive on the collection of practitioners operating fee, pof.
the warning was handed the practitioners during a meeting between officials of the ministry of transportation and council for the regulation of freight forwarders and terminal operators in lagos last weekend,
transport ministry permanent secretary magdalene ajani who was at the meeting said since the introduction of the policy on february 24, 2021, some terminal operators have failed to comply with the agreement reached, which has resulted in loss of revenue to the country.
ajani says the ministry will no longer ignore the actions of the terminal operators as the transport ministry is saddled with the responsibility to ensure government policies are adhered to and where there is failure to adhere it leaves the ministry with no choice but to look at sanctions that can follow such disobedience of policy in the future.
the permanent secretary has therefore said the ministry has given terminal operators two months to key into the collection of pof, after which sanctions would be applied for those who fail to abide as the pof would promote global competitiveness and build capacity for effective participation in the new africa continental free trade area.