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Nigeria Customs Service Starts Total Electronic Transactions

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Pearl Ngwama

 

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has `disclosed that effective this week, all of its transactions will be fully electronic for accuracy and improved service delivery.

 

The National Public Relations Officer of NCS, Deputy Comptroller Joseph Attah, made this disclosure at the recent Training Workshop organised by Association of Maritime Journalists of Nigeria (AMJON) in Apapa, Lagos, adding that it behooves on every Officer in the Agency to get coversant with Information Communication Technology (ICT).

 

“Customs is going full electronic so every of our transaction will be electronic. So woe betide any Customs officer who is not in tandem with ICT,” he said.

 

Stating the roles of the NCS in the Blue Economy, Attah who was represented at the training by Uche Ejesieme, a Superintendent of Customs, said the Agency’s role would have to do with its initiative towards improving Customs processes and procedures.

 

He said, “Our role in the blue economy will have to do with our initiative towards improving customs processes and procedures. For example, you will recall that our automation process began with ASYCUDA, then transited to ASYCUDA++, then we had ASYCUDA 2.7 version, then NCIS 1 and now NCIS 2.

 

“Now, the Service is working on a more active platform/system that will be launched next week that will have the capacity to promote future increase in cargo throughput using technology.”

 

Attah added that some deliberate steps created by the service in dealing with Trade Related Disputes include; creation of the Dispute Resolution Committee at the Headquarters and at area command’s, the Committees are charged with the responsibilities of identifying trade dispute and addressing them expeditiously with minimal delays.

 

He also disclosed that there is a renewed synergy and collaboration between the NCS and other critical security and regulatory agencies in seaports, airports and the borders.

 

According to him, the initiative has enhanced the speed with which issues are handled without the usual rancour, acrimony which hitherto was the order of the day.

 

Commenting on the challenge of smuggling in the Industry, he said the marine unit of the Service has helped to confront smugglers at the waterways, making seizures and decimating their heinous activities.

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