The Nigeria Customs Service has sought collaboration with the Nigerian Navy with respect to maintaining its patrol vessels.
The Comptroller General of Customs(CGC), Bashir Adeniyi, who visited the Naval Dockyard in Lagos on Thursday, said the Nigerian Navy has the capacity and knowledge to help in maintaining Customs’ vessel fleet.
“We don’t need to establish a vessel maintenance unit; it is capital intensive, but we have an agency of government that has the knowledge, that has the capacity and there’s the willingness for them to assist us.
“I have seen and marveled by the capacity that exists here in the Naval Dockyard and we believe that we could tap into that capacity and enter into some agreement with you so that you could manage the maintenance of our fleets,” The CGC said.
He noted that fortifying the NCS’ presence in Nigeria’s coastal waters will reduce smuggling activities to the barest minimum.
He said, “If we block the land borders effectively and do not maintain a very strong presence on our territorial waters, smugglers will take advantage, so we also need to fortify and enhance our presence to checkmate those who may want to try smuggling through our waters.”
The Managing Director of Naval Dockyard Ltd., Rear Admiral Abolaji Orederu, said, “Naval dockyard is well poised to take advantage of situations like this, and we see the Nigeria Customs Service as a powerful ally of the Nigerian Navy.
“The capacity is here and the excess capacity can be used to support other agencies, the larger maritime community and the shipping world as a whole.”