Nigeria Customs works with WCO for technology integration

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said that it is developing special intelligence with the support of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) to integrate technology into its operations.

The acting Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), Mr Adewale Adeniyi, said this at a media conference at the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, on Wednesday in Lagos.

Adeniyi said the e-modernisation project of Customs was having issues.

He said that they had a number of things to do on their own as regards technology adoption.

“We are getting very firm assurance from the World Customs Organisation and other partners to assist us on technology adoption.

“We are building the capacity of our officers locally, through training institutions and exposing them with this kind of training programme, and taking them to conferences.

“This is so that they can learn expertise on how they can integrate these elements of technology into our operations,” he said.

Adeniyi noted that he had visited the commands in the South-West and had seen them up-close at work and review their strategies with them.

He said that he had very intense engagement with the officers and the results of these efforts were seen with the seizures witnessed today.

“I have had very rewarding experience with my tour of some commands, had opportunity to interact closely with the officers and understand the way they operate.

“The communities visited told us the challenges they had with the closed borders, it gave us a lot of food for thoughts and when we get to Abuja we will fine-tune our policies and strategies to keep our borders safe,” he said.

Adeniyi said the seizures cut across the entire South-West as far as Ado Ekiti.

According to him, efforts put in place in the past two weeks was working.

“Smuggling is bad for our economy and the future generations of Nigeria. Customs can work successfully to contain this menace.

“We have sought partnership with the communities and they gave very strong assurance that they will cooperate with us.

“I was at Shaki yesterday and they were very generous by telling us that they will support us and provide land for us to put up our facilities for anti-smuggling.

“And it has been the same with everywhere that we have been in the last two weeks .

“We are going to be working very close with them and take a notch further by taking out social responsibility plans and see what we can do to improve their lot in these boarder communities,” he said.

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