Customs deepens collaboration with Nigerian Navy, explores areas of further cooperation

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The Nigeria Customs Service has deepened its collaboration with the Nigerian Navy to maintain its presence in Nigeria’s territorial waters against smugglers.

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Wale Adeniyi, while visiting the Naval Dockyard in Lagos, said the Nigerian Navy had the capacity and knowledge to maintain the Customs fleet of Vessels.

He said, “We do not need to establish a vessel maintenance unit because it is capital intensive.

“We have an agency of government that has the knowledge and the capacity and there is the willingness for them to assist us.

“I have seen and I am marveled by the capacity that exists here in the Naval Dockyard.

“We believe that we can tap into that capacity and enter into some agreement with you so that you can manage the maintenance of our fleet,”he said.

Adeniyi said that fortifying Customs’ presence in Nigeria’s coastal waters would reduce smuggling activities to the barest minimum.

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“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,”he said.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Naval Dockyard Ltd., Rear Admiral Abolaji Orederu, said the Naval dockyard had a significant role in vessel maintenance, repairs and shipbuilding.

“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,”he said.

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