The Nigerian Customs Service said it will soon deploy drones to Seme for improved border surveillance and smuggling detection.
During a working visit to Seme Border Area Command on Monday, NCS Zone A Coordinator Modupe Aremu, an Assistant Comptroller General of Customs, revealed this.
According to her, border management surveillance would be done electronically using drones to ensure that a broad perspective of what is going on is available.
“My trip in Zone A comes to a conclusion with a Seme command visit, and I must applaud all of the commands; they account for over 80% of NCS revenue collection, and they should keep up the good work.
“During my tour of all commands, I observed that all of the officers are performing admirably, but that they may yet improve. And I’m warning them not to relax on the job because they should expect unscheduled visits from the Zonal Coordinator.
“Also, e-customs’ N300 billion end-to-end automation contract, which is about to start, is about Information and Communication Technology connectivity; when it comes on board, we will have electronic signatures and drones patrolling the border,” she explained.
She stated that the service was attempting to limit person-to-person contact in order to reduce human involvement and speed up and streamline the process.
She urged the command to keep pursuing enforcement actions since the nation needs the service to adequately defend its borders at this time.
She expressed the expectation that the border scanner would be operational soon, easing the process as much as possible.
She asked the command to guarantee thorough case file compilation and prosecution of arrested individuals to demonstrate the service’s seriousness in combating smuggling.
The border closure had not hindered enforcement actions, according to Seme Customs Comptroller Bello Jibo, who highlighted that the command had made a noteworthy interception of 1,244 suspected illegal products with a duty paid value of over N856 million.
Despite unfavorable economic policies placed on commodities transiting through the Benin Republic, he said, the command was able to earn N719 million in revenue and process 635,149.23 metric tons of export volume with a free on board value of N15.5 billion.
“To cement this relationship, the command built and handed over a modern restroom facility to the Badagry West Development Area, and cooperated with an NGO to outfit the Badagry United Football Club.
“16 classrooms for a primary school, construction of 30-man rank and file barracks, and other projects are now underway or completed in the command.
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