The initiative is aimed at curtailing smuggling of small arms
Daily Times | By Vincent Ehiabhi. November 27, 2012
The federal government has announced that it would introduce satellite surveillance on the country’s borders to curb smuggling and circulation of small arms.
Yerima Ngama, the Minister of State for Finance, revealed this on Monday in Katsina at the opening of the 2012 Comptroller-General of Customs Annual Conference.
Ngama said that the Ministry of Finance was working in conjunction with that of Science and Technology to ensure the take off of the project; adding that the measure was in addition to the aerial surveillance embarked upon by the Nigeria Customs Service along the country’s borders.
Ngama said that the government would continue to support the customs service to effectively combat smuggling, including the movement of fire arms, drugs and other prohibited items.
The minister urged Nigerians to patronise locally made goods as part of efforts to enhance industrialisation and the the overall socioeconomic development of the country.
He said such attitude would also improve the country’s revenue profile and encourage international trade.