FEC approves N8bn for scanners at ports

Customs mobile scanner

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N8.04 billion for the supply and installation of Rapiscan Mobile Cargo Scanner-Eagle M60 for the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

The approval was made at the FEC meeting presided over by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.

The Minister of Finance,  Kemi Adeosun disclosed this while briefing State House Correspondents on the outcome of the FEC meeting.

She said the contract includes the training of 120 officers and integration of Rapiscan Eagle M60 Scanners into Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS).

She said it also includes 30 months on-site service/support and maintenance and provision of spare parts for 36 months after installation and commissioning.

“Currently, there are no functional scanners in all the ports for the
operations of Nigeria Customs Service as those previously installed are
now unserviceable. The development has negative effect on the operations
of the service.

“To solve this challenge, NCS has identified Rapiscan Mobile Cargo
Scanner-Eagle M60 as a suitable option and Messrs Air Waves Limited as
accredited representative of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM),
Messrs Rapiscan Systems Limited, USA, with vast operational experience
which is transferred to clients through technology and skill development
programmes,” she said.