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Nigeria Customs Service ushers in technological revolution with geospatial training workshop

The Comptroller-General initiates a geospatial techniques workshop to bolster border security and fortify Nigeria's economic resilience.

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In a strategic move towards embracing cutting-edge technology, the Nigeria Customs Service, under the leadership of Comptroller-General Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, has launched a pioneering two-day workshop focused on geospatial techniques. The workshop, aimed at equipping officers with practical skills in border security, commenced on November 1, 2023.

Represented by Deputy Comptroller-General Sa’idu Galadima, the CGC underscored the significance of the program in enhancing border security and fostering economic growth. He reiterated the Customs Service’s commitment to harnessing technology to optimize efficiency, combat smuggling, and address various criminal activities.

Describing the Comptroller-General as a staunch advocate of technology, Galadima emphasized the pivotal role of geospatial training in fortifying Nigeria’s economy. The initiative aligns with the Customs Service’s broader mission to modernize and amplify its capabilities through technological advancements.

Kikelomo Adeola, the Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs in charge of ICT/Modernization, highlighted the transformative impact of introducing geospatial technology training for Customs officers. Moving away from traditional methods, she emphasized the workshop’s role in enabling officers to combat smuggling effectively by leveraging advanced geospatial techniques.

Adeola expressed the necessity of this training, noting that it replaces outdated practices where officers patrolled border areas with guns. The geospatial program empowers Customs staff to monitor and counter smuggling activities efficiently from their offices.

“This training will significantly enhance Customs’ relentless efforts to facilitate trade in Nigeria. Geospatial technology not only provides crucial insights for preventing smuggling through technological surveillance but also ensures accurate and timely intelligence, ensuring the success of anti-smuggling activities,” she explained.

As Nigeria Customs Service pioneers this technological leap, the geospatial workshop is poised to revolutionize border security and contribute to the overall economic resilience of the nation.

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