In an exclusive interview with Vanguard at the Customs Headquarters in Abuja, service spokesman, Mr. Adewale Adeniyi, a Deputy Comptroller of Customs said that consultants and experts including the manufacturers of the scanners (Smith of France) were all brought to carry test of the machines.
Adeniyi also said that more than 500 of the newly recruited men and officers of the service will be deployed to both the information technology and scanning departments.
He disclosed that in the course of evaluating the machines, it was discovered that maintenance of the scanners had been compromised.
He added that the development will not in any way stop the take over of the scanning machines by the Nigerian Customs Service. The Customs spokesman disclosed that the maintenance of the machines were sub-contracted to other consultants other than the manufacturers.
Adeniyi further disclosed that the integrity of the machines in terms of maintenance have been compromised.
“We had to go to the manufacturers. The Comptroller-General led the delegation to Smith in France. Since the machines will be inherited by Customs, we want to validate the state of these machines.
“They were quite open and that was when we learnt that so much has gone on in compromising these machines in term of maintenance.”
Information from Vanguard was used in this report.