The Federal Government has extended the contract of the three service providers in the nation’s seaports airports and international borders by six months.
The extension of the contract has rubbished the claims by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) that it is ready to take over the work of the three service providers, when the contract expired Monday.
THISDAY reported that the Comptroller General of Customs, Alhaji Inde Dikko Abdullahi, at the CG Conference in Katsina State last month boasted that its men and officers were fully prepared to taker over the work of three service providers.
The extension of the contract was announced by the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Finance.
The three service providers’ contracts were extended vide a letter dated December 31, 2012 and signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Danladi Kifasi.
The letter with reference F10361/S.56/VA/491 and sent to the three service providers read inter alia: “I wish to inform you that the President has approved the extension of the Agreement dated January 1, 2006, between your company and the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) for the Provision, Installation, Operation and Management of X-Ray Scanning Equipment and Software for Inspection of goods. The agreement which is to expire on December 31, 2012, has been extended for a period of six months with effect from 1st January, 2013.”
Kifasi directed the service providers to liaise with the Legal Unit of the Ministry of Finance “for the preparation and execution of the new agreement within one week of the date of this offer” even as he indicated that the service providers’ lots would be re-jigged.
“Details of the new allocation of LOTS will be conveyed in a few days time. Meanwhile you are expected to operate within the current allocation,” the letter add