The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Col. Hameed Ali Rtd has said that the organisation plans to introduce Electronic Cargo Tracking System in 2019 to enhance its operations at various border posts in the country.
Ali stated this Wednesday at a joint press conference with his counterpart from Uganda, Kateshumbwa Dicksons. The briefing followed a lecture series at the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada, Abuja.
He stated that NIS under his leadership had started evaluating different scientific proposals with a view to commencing the electronic cargo tracking system in the country, stressing his hope that by 2019, the enforcement and use of e-Cargo tracking would commence.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Ali said that “By next year, if the finances are available and we are in agreement with our Technology Service Provider, we will start the electronic cargo tracking system even if we will begin on a small scale.
Though we use technology in tracking cargo in some border posts but we must have technology to monitor everything collectively,’’ he said.
He said also that the Service had reached an agreement with his Ugandan counterpart on how to collaborate and achieve desired results and explained that NCS had a lot of things in common with Uganda’s Customs and Revenue Authority in terms of driving desired reforms in the service.
The NIS boss identified the application of Information Communication Technology (ICT) for positive change in customs as well as developing a strategy to manage cross-border weapon and fight corruption, adding that he has started working in collaboration with his counterpart in Uganda to explore this good initiative that had been introduced in that country.
The Commissioner for Customs in Uganda, Kateshumbwa Dicksons said Nigeria and his country should work together to solve the problems of customs in the two countries, noting that the roles of customs in Nigeria and Uganda were the same, hence the need to collaborate to achieve their goals collectively.
Modernisation, he said, must be embraced in solving challenges in the customs service as Customs must put the right procedure in place to facilitate trade while expressing happiness that the two countries were on the right track as far as modernisation was concerned