CONTRARY to media report that the newly-introduced Nigerian Integrated Customs Information System, NICIS, is causing delay of cargo delivery at the ports, a maritime stakeholder, Prince Olu Ologbese, has absolved Nigeria Customs Service of any blame, saying “the initiative is yielding result as the agency has recorded an increase in its revenue profile.”
Ologbese said the NICIS initiative not only reduced the time of joint examination exercise, it has also reduced the issue of multiple documentation processes and proce-dures suffered by both importers and agents.
Ologbese acknowledged that NICIS came with its initial challenges, but that Customs has, over time, gone over the challenges.
While urging reporters to be professional, Ologbese added that most of the ports in Lagos are competing with each other in terms of revenue generation and “the Customs officers are much conscious of time now more than ever, because they have a target to meet.”
He urged the Customs officers not to be distracted by such media report, but to be focused on the meeting and possibly surpass their revenue target for the year.
On the Apapa traffic gridlock, the seasoned Customs agent called on the government to make the reconstruction of the ports’ access roads a priority and safe importers and agents from the daily stress taking delivery of the goods.