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The Federal Government has urged the Nigerian Ports Authority, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, and other stakeholders to work together with the Nigerian Customs Service to reach a capacity of 15,000 scanners per month.
This was stated by Dr. Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, on Tuesday in Apapa, Lagos, during the inauguration of three brand-new Nuctech Mobile Scanners.
She urged the Nigeria Customs Service’s management to work with scanner contractors to make maintenance simpler.
She stated, “I therefore implore the NCS management to collaborate with the scanners contractor to ensure proper maintenance and full utilization of the scanners within the 30 months provided in the contract agreement, as well as enhanced capacity building and training of 120 NCS scanning officers.”
According to Ahmed, the brand-new scanners had the ability to discover concealed prohibited imports in cargoes.
“It has the ability to distinguish denied import disguised in cargoes.It makes it possible to scan more cargoes and makes cargo examination processes more efficient and effective.The installation of these three non-intrusive scanners coincides with efforts to speed up customs procedures and fulfill the agency’s mandate to ease business operations, facilitate trade, and prevent port congestion.
The minister stated that the scanners would also contribute to an increase in service revenue.
“These three scanners will contribute to an improvement in national security and a rise in government revenue.”Additionally, it will contribute to improving the port system’s remote audit trail for goods.
The primary objective was to bring the NCS’s operations into line with international best practices.The contract was extended for six months, ending in June 2013, after it came to an end in December 2012.After that, the government signed a Transition Agreement that came to an end on November 30, 2013, and the NCS started using the scanners.However, when the scanning service providers left, some of the scanners stopped working, and the NCS had to physically inspect the goods.

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