The federal government attributes the delay in fulfilling the $3.2 billion contract for ‘full’ automation of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) to disagreements between consortium partners.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved the project in 2020, but the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, who addressed reporters yesterday after an FEC meeting led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said the implementation would now begin as the disputing party had opted out despite the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation’s mediation efforts.
This week, Customs signed a new agreement with the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) and Huawei Technologies Ltd.
She stated, “Therefore, the signing partner was already in the initial concession. Thus, one side did not agree with the signed agreements. And a new agreement was claimed to have been struck, with the partner opting out of the concession.
The NCS Comptroller-General, retired Col. Hameed Ali, who signed the new contract, said that the implementation of the e-Customs project will earn $176 billion (N73 trillion) over the next 20 years.