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FG plans upgrade of Customs tools to grow productivity - Adeosun



The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has disclosed plans to upgrade the tools in use by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) so as grow productivity, reports ITRealms.

The Minister made this disclosure at a one-day inspection tour of Customs facilities at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Friday, especially the modern container scanning equipment at the nation’s airports, seaports and land borders.

Accompanied by the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hammed Alli, the minister lamented that one of the reasons for the consistent drop in revenue collected by Customs is the use of outdated equipment.

She explained that one of the major means of detecting contraband goods at these borders is through the deployment of container scanners.

She reiterated the determination of the current administration to boost revenue through the provision of enabling tools and equipment that will aid the various revenue agencies.

The use of obsolete equipment, she said, negatively impacts revenue collected by the agency and promotes inefficiency and therefore, pledged Federal Government resolve to ensure that all the outdated equipment being used by Customs in the discharge of their duties at the nation’s airports is overhauled.

Government, she said, would ensure the provision of modern equipment, in line with international best practices, stressing that scanners and other equipment would be procured to enhance the operations of Customs.

The Minister said the new equipment would promote trade facilitation and increase the revenue generating capacity of Customs.

In his remarks, Col Alli said the equipment needed for the nation’s international airports would cost N20 Billion. He said the Customs Command will soon meet with the minister to discuss the funding requirement of Customs in detail and he expressed confidence that with the support of the minister, the problem will soon be fixed. 
 

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