Incredible: Nigeria’s Customs men can’t operate scanners!

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Officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) are not fully equipped to operate and maintain very complex equipment like scanners which requires a lot of expertise and discipline, according to Global Scansystems Limited, one of the service providers handling the destination inspection scheme.

Mr. Fred Udechukwu, managing director/CEO of Global Scansystems Limited, said this while presenting a paper titled “Destination Inspection: Which way after December 2012” at a one day seminar organised by the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) at the International Maritime Press Centre (IMPC) in Apapa, Lagos.

Udechukwu, who was represented by Mr. Ogbogu Kenneth, the company’s operations manager, stated that there is “a serious skill gap in the Nigeria Customs Service” hence hindering its ability to take over the scanners at the end of this year when the seven years contract between the Federal Government and the three service providers namely Cotecna, Global Scansystems and SGS will terminate.

“The officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service trained to take over from us are not fully equipped to operate and maintain very complex equipment like the scanners which requires a lot of expertise and discipline. This has serious health implications as uncontrolled x-ray dosages can be emitted into the atmosphere. Also the maintenance of these scanners are programmed and planned to prevent breakdown and its huge financial implications.

“There is a serious skill gap in the Nigeria Customs Service until recently they did not show sufficient interest in the DI scheme and training. This will have to be addressed and adequate training given to them both within and outside the country before we can comfortably hand over to the service”, he said.

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  1. NSUKA

    Global scansystem is a fraudulent service provider bcs it is the only service provider that refuse to trainned NCS officer for adequate take over .They are just playing tricks in order to extend their contract when they are not performing up to expectation.Meanwhile other sevice providers like SGS and COTECNA had trainned enough officers of NCS,they are operating the scanning machine at the sea port perfectly.Global wake!!!!! up from your slumber DECEMBER 31,2012 IS A REALITY.

  2. Seun

    Custom? Certificate forgers.

    The most corrupt institution in Nigeria.

  3. ijawman1

    When even the head of custom is a certificate forger, how would they have skills?



  5. Richard

    weti concern agbero with over load, even the scanner is disturbing them, to collect money, they will never show any interest. I knew all these cos i use to be a cargo officer with an airline



  7. Innocent Maduka Okoro

    If they cant manage how to operate scanners they can manage collection of bribe.

  8. GreatTony

    This is no news, Teach them. Everyday is for learning period

  9. naubiko

    knowledge is power!!! when you have a school drop-out and certificate forgers as heads what do you expect.

  10. naubiko

    knowledge is power!!!

    1. Azubuike

      When we have people like you who cannot reason before they put things on print, I wonder how we can be like the rest of the world. Nigeria Customs Service is a disciplined service. They have well trained officers of integrity who are trained to face the challenges come 2013 when the contract of the DIs expires.

      1. naubiko

        Really? …

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