8 February 2013

Nigeria: Lawmakers Inspect Scanners At Lagos Ports

Members of the House of Representatives have taken a tour of Lagos ports to ascertain the scanners installed by one of the service providers, Cotecna Destination Inspection Limited (CDIL).

The tour, which is in line with the oversight functions of the legislators, took them to Lagos Ports Complex (LPC), Apapa, and Tin Can Island Port (TCIP). The exercise provided the members first hand observation of state-of-the-art fixed scanners installed and operated by CDIL.

Leading the legislative team, Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Sabo Nakudu, expressed his satisfaction at the presence of what he called "world top range" scanners being operated at the ports.

The legislators were received by CDIL Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Ernest Woka, who explained to them that beyond the provision of the scanners as well as other deliverables as stipulated in the contract, his organisation had also trained more customs officers' than expected.

He added that the company has in the spirit of the contract provided permanent structures at the ports to create conducive atmosphere for Customs and other agencies operations.

Nakudu, in response, said the purpose of the visit was to have a firsthand knowledge of how well the service providers have been keeping faith with the terms of their contract as well as the level of readiness of the Nigeria Customs Service for the eventual takeover of the scheme.

The lawmakers had before returning to Abuja visited Murtala Mohammed Airport, PTML, Seme and Idioroko border stations.

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