The House of Representatives has expressed its displeasure towards the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) over the agency’s inability to maintain the 22 cargo scanners after the contract with the equipment manufacturers elapsed.
The management of the NCS, rather than maintain the cargo scanners purchased in 2006 at over $120m, opted for the purchase of another set of 3 cargo scanners.
Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, in his opening remarks at the investigative hearing on the transparency in the transfer of technical know-how from Contecna Destination Inspection limited to Global Scan systems limited, noted that the House would ascertain the status of the machine and why despite the massive investments in the sector, Nigeria did not achieve the modernisation objectives that motivated the investment.
According to Gbajabiamila, the practice of physical inspection is time-consuming and ineffective.
“It also contributes to the delays at the Ports and border points and allows for prohibited goods to enter the country despite the best efforts of custom officers. It is therefore an untenable status quo, and it must change,” he said.