• Tue. Apr 23rd, 2024

Nigeria Customs Service Launches Innovative Program To Combat Nuclear Smuggling

In a bold move to fortify national security against the smuggling of nuclear materials, the Nigeria Customs Service has unveiled plans for a Radiological and Nuclear Detection Program. This initiative, announced by Comptroller-General Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, signifies a pivotal step in enhancing the nation’s defense mechanisms.

During the inauguration of a 4-Day Capacity Building Workshop organized by the World Customs Organization (WCO) at the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College in Gwagwalada, Assistant Comptroller General Malanta Yusuf elucidated the program’s importance. He highlighted its role in equipping participants with the technical acumen required to detect and counter the illegal trafficking of radiological and nuclear materials.

This strategic undertaking aims to bolster cross-border security while exposing participants to operational challenges, nurturing a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted responsibilities involved.

ACG Malanta Yusuf lauded the Customs leadership’s commitment to innovation, emphasizing the pivotal role of WCO-organized training sessions in empowering officers with state-of-the-art knowledge and skills.

According to CSC Nafi’u Abubakar, the Nigeria Customs Service Radiation Safety Officer, the Comptroller-General’s endorsement of the Radiological and Nuclear Detection Program (RANDA) stands as a landmark decision. This initiative places Nigeria at the forefront globally, showcasing the nation’s proactive stance in implementing groundbreaking projects of this nature.

Abubakar highlighted the profound significance of this program, envisioning substantial benefits for the Customs Service, amplifying its capabilities and fostering advancements within the organization.

The endorsement of this strategic initiative by seasoned expert Dr. Isa Sambo FSI, Director of Radiological Safety at the Nigeria Nuclear Regulatory Authority, further underscores its transformative potential. Dr. Sambo praised the CGC’s timely approval of the training, acknowledging its capacity to thwart border crimes and significantly bolster the nation’s ability to counter emerging threats effectively.

He emphasized that Nigeria’s proactive stance will position the country as a key player in global efforts to safeguard borders against the illicit trafficking of radiological and nuclear materials.

As the Nigeria Customs Service gears up to combat nuclear smuggling through pioneering techniques, the resounding support from experts underscores the far-reaching impacts of this visionary initiative. The program marks a crucial stride toward fortifying national security and safeguarding against potentially catastrophic threats.

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor is a seasoned journalist and the CEO/Founder Belch Digital Communications, publishers of Hybrid News Nigeria.

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