The management of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) has called on the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) to assist it in expediting action on clearance of 16 containers of building materials still awaiting clearance at the ports.
The acting Managing Director of the bank, Mr. Richard Esin, in a statement made available to the media, weekend, said the demurrage on the goods has accumulated to N171 million.
Esin said: “About, 16 containers of building materials meant for a housing project of the Bank in Abuja are still at the port awaiting clearance and had accumulated demurrage to the tune of N171 million.”
He solicited the support and cooperation of the Customs Comptroller General, Col. Hammed Ibrahim Ali (rtd), for his understanding to enable the bank take possession of the containers, for its housing project.
This request was made during a courtesy visit by the management of FMBN to the Nigerian Customs Service, as part of on-going efforts to collaborate with other government agencies towards achieving its mandate.
Esin, however, commended the Nigerian Customs Service for full compliance with NHF remittance and stated that compliance was mandatory for all workers, adding that employers should be encouraged to remit monthly contributions of their employees to the bank in a timely manner.
He encouraged the officers in the Customs Service to take advantage of the existing 95 estates funded by the bank across the country at various stages of completion to become home owners.
According to him, this would, in turn, improve staff productivity in the Service, noting that home ownership was a major tool for fighting corruption, given that it satisfies the fundamental human need for shelter.
The acting Managing Director, said the bank had funded the construction of an estate in Kuje, Abuja for officers of the Nigerian Customs Service, and sought the intervention of the Service to compel the developer to repay the outstanding loan balance, as the Service had fully paid for the houses in favour of its personnel, directly to the developer who failed to remit same to the bank.
In a remark, the Customs boss appreciated the sincere disposition of Esin and the role the bank had played in facilitating home ownership for officers of the Service.
He promised to expedite action on the clearance of the goods with the intention of forging a stronger relationship based on mutual collaboration and cooperation of the Nigerian Customs Service with the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria.