Managing Director of Cotecna Destination Inspection Limited (CDIL), Mr. Yahaya Adetayo Rabiu, has called for the harmonisation of service providers risk management systems with ASYCUDA selectivity module of the Nigeria Customs Service.
Rabiu urged the maritime community in Nigeria to embrace an improved systems integration model that will fast-track clearance procedures and provide an enhanced fool_proof security channel.
He made the call while conducting the Cotecna Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Robert Massey, round the firm’s facilities at the Apapa Port in Lagos on Monday.
The CEO was in Nigeria for a one_day working visit to assess the scanner facility constructions in the ports. Projects inspected by the CEO include the fixed scanner complexes in Tin-Can Island and Apapa ports.
According to Rabiu, the fixed scanner in Apapa had since April 2010 commenced operations, while that of Tin-Can is scheduled to be delivered by December, 2010. Rabiu also noted that the company’s commitment to Nigeria via the Destination Inspection scheme include facilitating trade with the use of world class tools and technology by making use of X_ray scanners and computerised Risk Management System (CRMS).
He highlighted gross under-utilisation of scanner capacity and lack of sufficient container holding bay for scanned containers awaiting final release as major issues affecting smooth trade facilitation at the nation’s ports.
He called for synchronization of the risk selectivity model of Customs with that of service providers to reduce the level of physical examination and the need for non_stop 24_hour operation of all stakeholders at the ports.
He added that as the company is currently providing 24 hours scanning service in Apapa and planning to commence similar arrangement in Tin-Can (Ashaye), the synchronization process would improve the operations and scanning service efficiency.
“Provision of road worthy trucks especially in the scanning areas and pre-scanning of containers before commencement of clearance processes would improve the operations and scanning service efficiency”, he further noted .
The CEO has at the end of the inspection exercise expressed his satisfaction on the level of work that has been carried out and also called for further collaboration between Cotecna and all stakeholders for the success of Nigeria Destination Inspection scheme.
Cotecna has a seven_year Build, Operate, Own and Transfer Destination Inspection contract with the Federal Government. Under the contract, Cotecna is in charge of Apapa and Tin-Can ports, Abuja and Kano airports, and Jibiya and Banki border posts and accordingly carries out Risk Management and Inspection activities on all goods imported into Nigeria.