By Godwin Oritse
IMPORTERS of stockfish, popularly known as Okporoko by Igbos and Kpanla by the Yorubas have made overtures to the Federal Authorities to scale back the responsibility fee on the importation of this species of fish.
Chatting with Vanguard Maritime Report, a fishery marketing consultant, Mrs Abiodun Cheke, mentioned that there had been discussions with the federal government to this impact including that majority of Nigerians should not have entry to the fish due to its excessive price.
Cheke additionally mentioned discount within the responsibility fee will result in a rise in income payable to the federal government as it’s shedding income as a result of numerous doubtful merchants are bringing the product into the nation illegally by way of land borders.
She defined that if the responsibility is diminished, most of those unscrupulous importers won’t undergo land border to carry stockfish as a result of they complain that the excessive responsibility fee is the rationale for his or her motion.
Cheke suggested Norwegian fish exporters to take care of solely Nigerian importers which have authorities authorised fish import licence with a view to stemming the importation by way of unapproved routes.
She acknowledged: “There may be the necessity to scale back the tariff of stockfish from 20 per cent to 10 per cent within the curiosity of the nation and for elevated income to Federal Authorities.”
Talking in an analogous vein, Mr Greg Illobinso, vice chairman, First Premier Inventory Fish Importers Affiliation, mentioned something that may carry down the responsibility on inventory fish might be welcome and supported by the group.
Commenting on the problem, an importer of stockfish, Mr Charles Anurukem, mentioned that if the responsibility fee is reviewed downwards, it could make it cheaper and inexpensive to the abnormal Nigerian.
Anurukem additionally recommended that the federal government can carry down the speed on the top of the stockfish from 20 per cent to per cent whereas the physique needs to be reviewed all the way down to 10 per cent.