- The comptroller-general of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali, has said that the body has automated its operations at the ports
- Ali, on Thursday, June 13, revealed that this move is responsible for the generation of not less than N5.5 billion daily by the service
- He further disclosed that the automation of the customs system at ports and borders has made it easy for the service to block revenue leakages
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said on Thursday, June 13, that its revenue generation has increased to the region of N5.5 billion daily.
The comptroller-general (CGC), Hameed Ali, made this known during a working visit to the headquarters of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) in Lagos, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The CGC, who was represented at the event by the Assistant Comptroller General (ACG) and Customs Coordinator in-charge of Zone A, Kaycee Ekekezie, said the feat was made possible as a result of the automation of customs operations at the ports.
According to the customs boss, the increase in revenue generation has helped in the prompt payment of salaries of workers of the NCS and made the organisation a critical contributor to the nation’s treasury in terms of revenue generation.
“The automation of the customs system at ports and borders has made it easy for the service to block revenue leakages and meet targets.
“The system has made transaction in ports user friendly while eliminating human contact and its attendant frictions in the cargo transaction business,’’ Ali said.
The customs helmsman, who charged the freight forwarders on trade compliance, said sincere declaration and truthful documentation would aid both the customs and the forwarders to achieve a common goal of trade facilitation devoid of cargo delays.
The NAGAFF Founder, Boniface Aniebona, who hosted the occasion in his remarks at the event, asked port users to help the NCS by adhering to trade compliance. He said such drive would foster good relationship with the customs personnel.
Aniebona said as an association they would begin the sanitation from within by exposing and sanctioning erring members in order to maintain the good relationship with the customs.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the NCS on Tuesday, April 16, officially announced plans to recruit 3,200 officers into the service.
The acting deputy comptroller-general of Customs in charge of human resources department, Umar Sanusi, made the announcement, explaining that 800 would be recruited to fill vacancies in the support staff for superintendent cadre category, and 2,400 would fill that of Customs inspector and Customs Assistant Cadre in the general duty categories.
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