SIFAX Group has urged Federal Government to concession scanning service being handled in all seaports by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to private firm. Executive Director, SIFAX Haulage & Logistics Limited, Major Henry Ajetunmobi (rtd), made this call in Lagos at the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce’s Advocacy Roundtable.
He noted that the poor performance of the scanning machines had subjected NCS and other agencies to a 100 per cent examination of cargoes, which does not only wastes time but also encourages smuggling. He said most scanners at the ports are either completely broken down or functioning below installed capacity. Ajetunmobi advised the government to concession the scanning service to investors, saying that this would really make the port reform system more efficient.
Speaking on “The Role of Concessions in Fixing the Transportation Sector,” he stressed the need for the government to deepen the involvement of private sector in the country’s transportation industry in order to improve the level of efficiency in the sector.
The company’s Corporate Affairs Manager, Muyiwa Akande, quoted the executive director as saying, “the current economic reality made it clear to all that the Federal Government could not solely address the infrastructural deficit in the country’s transportation sector. “This deficit has negatively affected service delivery and ultimately, its contribution to the economy. This is the right time for the government to concession critical infrastructure in the sector, especially at the seaports.”