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Nigeria Customs to begin electronic cargo tracking In 2019

The Nigeria Customs
Service (NCS) may begin enforcement of Electronic Cargo Tracking System by 2019
if all things work out as planned, comptroller-general of customs, Col. Hameed
Ali (rtd) has said.

The aim is to help
reduce transit time, enhance cargo safety and help traders to better predict
arrival of goods.
is our hope that by next year – all things work out fine, we should be talking
about enforcing the use of Electronic Cargo Tracking System. If all things
being equal, the finances are available and we are in agreement with the
technology service providers, we should be able to start something; even if
it’s on a smaller scale,” the Customs CG said  while responding to a
question  during a joint press conference between him and the
commissioner for customs, Uganda Revenue Authority, Mr Kateshumbwa Dickson in
Electronic cargo
tracking helps government agencies in enhancing enforcement of cargo handling
regulations, maintaining the region as the preferred trade route for cargo and
thereby improving tax collection by curbing incidents of dumping.
said he has already tasked his research and development department to look at
all the proposals on his table regarding the planned electronic tracking system
and identify all “we need to really get cargo tracking in place.”
is not clear yet when the enforcement would commence. Ali said the Service was
in the process of getting the right statistics before engaging the stakeholders
to have their buy-in on the project.
“If you don’t get
their buy-in there is always going to be problem because they are the ones who
will eventually put these trackers in their vehicles,” he acknowledged.
Uganda customs commissioner was the guest lecturer for the Nigeria Customs’
College Lecture Series held at the the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff
College in Gwagwalada, Abuja, tagged: “The Leadership Question in Modern
Customs Management.”
his remarks, Dickson said it was time to change tactics and adopt new models of
identifying counterfeit and contraband products by the Nigeria customs.
He said as customs,
“We must stand out. We must look unique. Team building and appreciation of
staff is key to performance of the officers.”
Dickson said , “Humility has great blessings for you as a leader, no matter
your rank. Be one for unity and shun individuality. As a leader in customs,
shun individuality. Anytime you run away from responsibilities, you deny
yourself the opportunity to shine.”
spoke the mind of Ali, who told the officers of the Service that “We must have
a systemic way of growing in our service. When you are doing well, you know.
And when you are not doing well, you also know. Inner motivation is what keep
you doing the job. You motivate yourself internally.

“You don’t wait for
anybody to motivate you. External motivating doesn’t really motivate you.
Internal motivation is what comes first. Let’s work together for the interest of
this service.”


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