Posted by News Express | 4 December 2013 | 3,030 times
The expiration of the Destination Inspection Contract Agreements between the Federal Government of Nigeria and Scanning Service Providers (SSPs) will draw the curtain on the era of outsourcing of the service, the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has announced. The service was outsourced from the outset of the Destination Inspection scheme in 2006.
Okonjo-Iweala, however, said last night: “Effective from 1st December 2013, Nigeria Customs Service has taken over full processing of all import transactions to Nigeria in accordance with the amended Import Guidelines of the Destination Inspection Scheme. Pursuant to this, all Scanning Service Providers (Cotecna, SGS and Global Scan) shall cease to approve new Form M, issue Risk Assessment Report (RAR) or perform Scanning operations for goods imported into Nigeria.
“The SSPs shall handover all valid Form Ms and existing Valuation Database to the Nigeria Customs Service. However, the contract for provision of ICT infrastructural back up for the scheme currently being executed by Webb Fontaine is extended for a period of 18 months to ensure a smooth takeover by NCS.”
Okonjo-Iweala, who spoke via a statement by her Special Adviser Paul C Nwabuikwu, urged “stakeholders and all Nigerians to give the Comptroller General of Customs and his team all the support necessary to manage a smooth and successful takeover.” According to her, “While no effort was spared in the build up to this process, we should all bear it in mind that transitions of this magnitude may throw up some implementation challenges. It will require the understanding of all Stakeholders to manage whatever initial challenges that may arise before the process fully stabilises.
“As part of the take-over plans, Help Desks and Dedicated Hotlines have been provided to enable stakeholders and the general public channel complaints, observations and suggestions on the process to the Nigeria Customs Service. Help Desks are provided at Customs Headquarters, Abuja and other Commands across the Country. Such feedback can also be channeled directly through the following dedicated numbers: 09 4621597, 09 4621598 and 09 4621599.”
•Photo shows Finance Minister Okonjo-Iweala.
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