As a means to control the influx of arms and ammunitions into the country through the land borders, the federal government will in October install a multi-million dollars fixed scanner capable of detecting explosives and drugs in a container.
Ther scanner is expected to be brought in by Global Scansystems Ltd., one destination inspection firm, contracted by government to provide scanning service at the border.
The Nigerian own firm says it has acquired a multi-million dollars fixed scanner capable of detecting explosives and drugs in a container, as part of the contract with the federal government.
Fred Udechukwu, the Chief Executive Officer of the firm, disclosed on Friday in Lagos that the scanner could penetrate16.25 inches of steel.
He said that the scanner, manufactured by Smiths Detection Ltd in Wiesbaden, Germany, would be installed at the Seme Border in October. Udechukwu said that the company and representatives of relevant Federal Government agencies had concluded the Factory Acceptance Test of the scanner.
“The test is a pre-condition for the shipment of the scanner and its accessories. The scanner has a dual view capability with three review image work stations.”
“The advanced technology (scanner) will play a vital role in helping Nigeria to check smuggling and terrorism.
“The scanner will be permanently installed on a dedicated site, providing a swift and non-intrusive inspection procedure for every part of loaded trucks and containers.
“The scanner also allows easy verification of customs’ documents and manifest verification,” Udechukwu said.
He said that the location of the scanner at Seme Border would create jobs for over 200 Nigerians and greatly reduce the work-load of the Nigeria Customs Service.
He said that the firm already had scanners at the Warri and Calabar ports, Murtala Mohammed Airport, SAHCOL Warehouse, NAHCO Cargo Warehouse and NAHCO Courier Warehouse, all in Lagos.
The Federal Government re-introduced the Destination Inspection Scheme under the Comprehensive Imports Supervision Scheme in January, 2006, The scheme is to ensure that banned goods are not brought into the country.
The company is one of the three firms appointed to execute the inspection scheme under Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) scheme. Global Scansystems is the only indigenous company out of the three firms.