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Cotecna gives Nigeria first fixed scanner

Godfrey Bivbere
After years of expectation, Cotecna Destination Inspection Nigeria Limited, one of the service providers appointed by the federal government, has completed and test run the first fixed scanner in the country.

Speaking during the test run of the multi-million dollar facility located within the Lagos Port Complex ,  Cotecna’s Senior Vice-President Security and Inspection Technology, Pierre-Oliver Pellegrin, said that the fixed scanner, which will complement the mobile scanner currently in use at the Apapa Port, processes faster and produces better images. He also disclosed that unlike the mobile scanner, the fixed scanner has dual view.

“Today we have done the very first image with this new fixed scanning facility which is going to replace the mobile scanner that has been in place for some years now. It is a much more powerful and very robust system with capacity to produce a dual view (side and top) images as compared to the mobile scanner. More importantly is the high penetration level of this scanner which should result into better quality images thus allowing the Customs a much more level of accuracy in image analysis and decision making”, Pellegrin said.

Managing Director of Cotecna Destination Inspection Limited (CDIL), Mr. Tayo Rabiu, stated that the 9 MeV Dual View fixed scanner which is the first in sub-Saharan Africa will be officially commissioned in February 2010.

Rabiu reaffirmed Cotecna’s commitment to the agreement reached with the Federal Government on service delivery. He said that work on the second fixed scanner site located at Ashaye at the Tincan Island Port Complex is also at an advanced stage and will be ready in the first quarter of next year.

“We are still committed to delivering as stated in our contract. By the end of the first quarter of next year, we are also delivering Ashaye fixed scanner. The Apapa system is ready to work despite the fact that we are putting finishing touches to the building. Hopefully by the beginning of February 2010 we should be able to commission it officially after having done some fine tuning”. Rabiu said.

Area Controller, Apapa Area One Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, Comptroller Akinade Adewuyi, who witnessed the first scanned container was full of praises and commendation for Cotecna.He expressed confidence that the fixed scanner will meet the yearnings of stakeholders and facilitate the clearing process.


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