19 May 2013, Lagos – CONTRARY to media reports that Global Scansystems Ltd; has failed to deliver on its scanning services contract, its Managing Director, Mr Fred Udechukwu has risen in defence of his company, saying that its scanner are now fully installed, tested and was operating a 9MeV Stationary Scanner at the Seme border post.
Udechukwu said this in a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos.
The public relations officer of Nigeria Customs Service, Wale Adeniyi had recently alleged that Globalscan had defaulted in its obligations by installing scanners at Seme border very late into its contract with the Federal Government.
Udechukwu said that the new installation at the border “brings to eight, the number of scanners currently operated by the only indigenous company executing the Federal Government’s ongoing Destination Inspection contract”.
According to the statement, the eight scanners were manufactured, supplied and installed by Smiths Detection of France between 2006 and 2012, and are being jointly maintained with Smiths Detection of France.
It said that Global Scansystems currently operates the eight scanners at the Seme Border Post; and Ports and Terminal Multi-Services Ltd. at the Tin-Can Island Port.
The statement also said the scanners were also operating at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (NAHCO and Aviance Posts); as well as the Warri and Calabar Ports.
“The 9MeV Scanner which is a marvel to watch is the first of its kind in Africa, South of the Sahara.
“It is a bio-diversity scanner capable of separating organic and inorganic materials and can scan about 20 trucks per hour. The mobile Scanner which has been operating at Seme Border since 2006 now acts as a standby,” it added.