House of Representatives on Thursday identified lack of scanners and other electronic devices as the major cause of congestion at the nation’s ports, including the Apapa and Tin Can Island in Lagos.
The House lamented that the Nigerian Customs Service was still operating in an analogue mode even in the 21st century.
The lawmakers made the resolution after adopting a motion under matters of urgent public importance presented by a member of the House, by Leke Abejide, at the plenary.
Abejide, who led the debate on the motion titled: “Need to reconcile the Committee on Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme (CISS), and Adani Mega Systems Limited, a Service Provider/Vendor for screening service infrastructure, said: “At the moment, Nigeria Customs Service still remains in the analogue era of conducting 100 percent physical examination which in itself is a major cause of congestion to our ports and greater loss of revenue to our dear country.
“There is an alarming rate of entry of undetected arms and ammunition into the country’s Ports and Border Stations as a result of no functional scanners.
“The 2022 Budget provided for N3.9 trillion for debt servicing alone, and this is asides from repayment of principal.
“If the E-Customs is allowed to take off, the issue of borrowing will be reduced to the barest minimum, if not eradicated because the Nigeria Customs Service would be able to generate twice, if not thrice, of what is currently being generated.”