OGFZA partners customs on efficient service delivery
The Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA) and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have initiated a partnership for improved service-delivery.The OGFZA Managing Director, Mr. Umana Okon Umana and the Comptroller-General of the NCS, Col. Hameed Ali disclosed this at a joint stakeholders’ forum in Onne, Rivers State.
According to Umana, the two agencies would collaborate to deliver best-in-class services to investors in the free zones, in line with the ease of doing business policy of the Federal Government.
He said: “This conference was jointly hosted by the OGFZA and NCS to underscore the fact that the ease of doing business initiative is a national policy under one government.
“By that, all relevant agencies of government are to work together in implementing the policy to deliver efficient services to the investors. That is both in the letter and in spirit of the policy, whose urgency has been reinforced by the Executive Orders by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.”
Umana added that agency’s cooperation for efficient service delivery under the one-government concept is operationalised in the free zones through the one-stop shop policy.
This policy obligates all relevant agencies of government to work through OGFZA to optimise and expedite service delivery. “The main point is that the policy of efficient service delivery has to be imbibed and made a way of life across all agencies of government,” he said.
Ali on his part said, the NCS was committed to working with OGFZA for the good of the nation. “We recognise the need to work together in our match toward evolving an efficient and responsive service,” the comptroller-general said.
He explained that there is the need for a full engagement with all stakeholders in the oil and gas trade for the success of the industry.The interactive forum attracted participants from licensed customs clearing agents, free zone investors, relevant government officials and other stakeholders.
OGFZA’s Head of Operations/Technical Services, Mr. Adekunle Ajayi and the Comptroller, in charge of Port Harcourt Area Command, Onne, Mr. Abubakar Bashir, presented papers on the policy.