Customs to send officers on marine training at Oron



The Customs Area Controller, Western Marine Command, Mr Yusuf Umar, on Tuesday said that some of its officers would soon proceed to Oron, Akwa Ibom, on marine training during the first quarter of the year.

Umar tmade the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
According to him," we intend to send some of our officers to Oron, where they will undergo some training in terms of our activities in the maritime industry.
``They (officers) will learn everything that has to do with marine operations,'' he said.
He said the command was being given a face lift as approved by the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko, who also directed the commencement of a new jetty to boost operations.
``The CGC has approved a new jetty for us and the contractor has already been mobilised to site. Anytime from now, work will start.
Umar said the construction of the jetty would have started but for two patrol vessels that were undergoing dry-docking at the old jetty.

He told NAN that the command would take delivery of the two new patrol boats which the comptroller-general promised since 2013.
``The vessels you talked about have already been built. They are in Turkey right now and we expecting them any moment from now.
``One for the Western Marine and the other one for the Eastern Marine.
``Apart from that, we have refurbished two of our flying boats and gunboats. We have fixed the engines and we are painting them, because you cannot achieve desired results without tools.
``I feel it should be my primary responsibility to make sure that we have enough boats so that our officers and men can go round all the creeks.
``We have so many creeks. If we fix these boats, they can meander and criss-cross all these creeks to make sure that all the nefarious activities going on as far as smuggling is concerned are nipped in the bud and to also achieve the desired results," he said.

Umar said that as decided by the management of the NCS, names of the operatives who lost their lives in active service against smugglers some years ago, would be engraved on one of the new patrol boats to be received.