The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs, Rtd. Col. Hameed Ali, says that the service would require N20 billion to purchase new equipment for its operations at various ports.
He made the statement when the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, went on a facility inspection of Customs operations at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja.
Ali said that the equipment, when purchased, would ease the operations of officials and boost revenue generation.
The equipment are scanners and others that will enhance the functions of the service.
He said It is not about the longevity but the modernisation of the equipment to serve needs of the nation.
The CG said that high definition scanners are coming invoke that will meet the present situation, so there is the need to review the old system, get new ones and deployment.
Earlier, The Minister said that the inspection was necessary to assess the need for new equipment since Customs was one of the big revenue generating and security agencies of the nation.
She also said that the new equipment would serve as investment to the nation.
“The offices are doing extremely good job but we need more technology and modern equipment because you need to be able to scan suitcases and have a prior knowledge of what is inside.
“The days where Customs opens suitcases to search without information are over so we really need to invest in equipment that customs need to improve its performance. She said.
Adeosun also said that she is very confident that the team can then deliver the ministry’s objectives as part of the 2016 budget.