In line with its plans to embrace technological advancements towards trade facilitation and enhance border security, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has trained the officers and men of the Service on the use of geospatial techniques.
Adewale Adeniyi, Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), launched a two-day workshop and said it would enlighten the officers to have a practical understanding of border security, which will yield positive results in boosting Nigeria’s economy.
Represented by Sa’idu Galadima, deputy comptroller-general of Customs in charge of Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), the CGC said the idea is to intensify the efficiency of Customs leveraging technology to enhance trade and curb smuggling among other criminalities.
On her part, Kikelomo Adeola, assistant comptroller-general of Customs in charge of ICT/Modernisation, said introducing Geospatial technology training for Customs officers will enable the Service to maximise its war against smuggling.
“Gone are those days when officers carry guns to scout smugglers in the bushes; which is why we deemed it necessary to introduce this geospatial programme to equip our staff with requisite experience in checkmating smuggling activities while in their offices,” she said.
According to her, the workshop, if concluded, will enable Customs officers to detect all the illegal and unapproved routes made by smugglers across the border areas and also deploy intervention to thwart their nefarious activities.