One of the service providers in the nation’s seaports, airports and international borders, SGS Scanning Nigeria Limited, has reiterated its resolve to hand over its cargo scanners and related services under the Destination Inspection (DI) scheme to the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) by the end of December this year.
The resolve of the service provider, which is in charge of Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, Onne Port and International Cargo Airport, Ilorin, Kwara State, and Idiroko Border Station, Ogun State is in line with the provisions of the service contract it signed with the Federal Government seven years ago.
SGS Societe Generale de Surveillance SA, a multinational service provider with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland had through one of its subsidiaries entered into an agreement with the Federal Government through the Ministry of Finance for the DI scheme.
The firm along with two other service providers, was awarded a seven year contract that started in January 2006, to supply cargo scanning machines on a build, own, operate and transfer basis (BOOT) as well as training services and technical support on risk management, valuation and classification.
Managing Director of SGS Scanning Nigeria Limited, Mr. Nigel Balchin, who dropped the hint in Lagos through his Media Adviser, Mr. Lanre Badmus, said his company having fulfilled its contractual obligations under the DI scheme, looks forward to a smooth takeover of its DI activities by NCS officers from January 1, 2013.
Balchin revealed that the firm has delivered on the deployment of cargo scanners and also trained more NCS officers than was stipulated in its contract.
He added that the company in August this year concluded the special training of 80 men and officers of NCS tagged DI Transition Team at the NCS Training School, Ikeja, Lagos as part of her winding down activities.
His words: “Additionally, SGS carried out renovation of some of the NCS Training School facilities and provided computers and others. We believe all the NCS officers sent to us for training have been well prepared to take over the DI activities as from January 2013.
“The seven year DI scheme can be regarded as a transition phase from the former Pre-shipment Inspection Scheme (PIP) to the next phase of NCS development, therefore the conclusion of our DI contract on December 31, 2012 will be a milestone for NCS. Having been in Nigeria for more than 50 years, SGS will continue to support the economic transformation efforts of government should the opportunity arise”.
Regarded as a global leader in inspection, verification, testing and certification services, the SGS Group operates over 1350 offices and laboratories worldwide. It has been in Nigeria since 1957.