AHEAD of the December deadline given to the three firms responsible for scanning services at the nation’s seaports, airports and border posts, to hand over the service to Nigeria Customs Service, the Customs has set up a Committee to midwife a smooth transition process.

The Committee is headed by Assistant Comptroller General of Customs Manafa Jatau   .

The Committee Vanguard gathered  has commenced work on the transition process as some members of the Committee were seen at the Tin-Can Island port working with officials of Cotecna Destination Inspection.

Confirming the development, Customs spokesman, Mr. Adewale Adeniyi said that  the Committee’s operations will be in phases.

Adeniyi also said that Tin-Can Island port has been chosen to be the pilot project for the transition, after which it will move to other ports across the country.

It will be recalled that the issue of scanning has been of serious concern to stakeholders in the maritime industry and most of the delays experienced at the ports are blamed on inefficient scanning system.

While stakeholder are blaming the service providers for inefficient scanning system, the terminal operators are also being blamed for not providing enough logistics for the movement of containers to scanning site.

While stakeholders are throwing blames at each other, the Nigeria Customs Service is making plans to ensure that it transit into seamless scanning process.

A member of the Committee, Mr Austin Warikoru, said that he could not comment as only Chairman of the  make statement on the transition embarked upon by the service.

It will also be recalled that the Federal Government has extended the contract of the service providers by a years as it is expected that by end of this year, they (service providers) are expected to hand over to the officials of the Customs service.

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