It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to 2017 International Customs Day celebration with the theme “Data Analysis for Effective Border Management”.
Nigeria Customs Service is joining its global Customs Community to bring to National discourse, the crucial importance of data as a key element in Customs Modernization process.
In line with the present Federal Government change mantra and the need to eliminate vices that impede development, NCS automated process is fast turning the Service into a dependable data-bank for National planning.
Apart from providing a platform for synergy among Security and Regulatory Agencies in Nigeria, data generated and analysized from our ICT platform is beneficial to the service as it helps to measure performance and improve practice and integrity of the process. This can also improve revenue collection, trade facilitation and border security.
Since automation and increased attention to data analysis, our experience has shown that quality data collation and analysis helps the Service in the following areas:
• Risk Management- Enhance detection of irregularities, illicit consignments and financial crimes etc.
• Predictability- Data analysis helps to provide insight and enables us to predict possibility of a crime.
• Collaboration- It helps the Service to collaborate with other Government Agencies to share experiences and improve performance.
• National Planning- Statistics generated by the Service helps in National planning and Policy formulation.
The Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS) reporting module, Integrated Reporting Information System (IRIS) enables the Service and other Security and Regulatory agencies to generate reports which help in decisions regarding trade and fiscal policies. NCS is aware of the importance of data analysis to its operations. Through such activity, the Service was able to collect a total of N 878,673,857,451.07 VAT inclusive and made total of 6,190 assorted seizures in 2016 including spectacular seizures of arms and ammunition and other dangerous items.
As part of the ongoing reforms and restructuring, Management will continue to make data analysis a strategic priority, by acquiring cutting edge technology to strengthen the automation process.
At this juncture it is imperative to call on our stakeholders to pay more attention to the provision of quality data, as it forms the bases for analysis that directs operational decisions. False declaration, under or over valuation, concealment etc affects the integrity of any data with negative consequences on the economy and National Security.
As we celebrate this year’s International Customs Day, I urge Officers and Men of the Service and our valuable Stakeholders to jettison all vices that can negatively impact on our data by ensuring compliance to extant laws.
In conclusion, let me reiterate the resolve of the present Management to do all that is humanly possible to bequeath a Customs Service that is professional and responsive to the yearnings of Nigerians.
Thank you and God Bless.