Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: FG Commissions N1.73 Billion Custom Aircraft

The Federal Government has commissioned the 1.73 billion new aircraft for the Nigeria Custom Service to boost their capacity in combating smuggling.

The N1.73bn Cessna Citation CJ4 surveillance jet was approved by the Federal Executive Council three months ago.

Commissioning the aircraft at the domestic wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport Abuja,the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at the dome said that the aircraft will enhance the effective surveillance and management of Nigeria's borders to eliminate economic sabotage and cross border crimes.

She also added the acquisition will enhance aerial patrol of border that were not well defined as well as routes used for smuggling.

She said, "This is a great occasion because we have long wanted to enhance the surveillance capacity of the customs and we want to strengthen their ability on air and the sea.

Also speaking the Comptroller General, NCS, Abdullahi Dikko Inde assured the minister of an improvement in revenue generation of the customs.

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