Onne (Rivers), Jan. 26, 2023 – The Nigeria Customs Service have been assured on continued efforts aimed at knowledge-sharing and increased global cooperation accross the customs Community.
Comptroller Baba Imam, Onne Area 2 Command stated this on Thursday at the Command’s cooperate office during a lecture in commomoration of the 2023 International Customs Day.
The year’s theme; ‘Nurturing the Next Generation: Promoting a Culture of Knowledge-sharing and Professional Pride in Customs’ was geared towards appreciating the role of customs officials in ensureing free flow of global trade.
According to him, the annual celebration marked Jan.26 was also initiated to emphasize on the working conditions and challenges usually confronting customs officers.
“The International Customs Day formed in 1953, presently has 183 member states from across the globe.
“The body is saddled with the task of boosting leadership, guidance and support to customs administrations as well as promoting cooperation amongst countries,” The Comptroller said.
Similarly, Mr Apea Fateh, Deputy Controller in charge of Revenue for the commad emphasized on enhancing the future of the customs service.
According to him, the theme for the 2023 celebration also focused on the need to attract and retain officers through enhanced management policies.
“The need for trainings and retraining of customs officers cannot be overemphasized, the maintainance of customs institutions which impact on knowledge transfer and capacity development will continue to get maximum attention,” he said..
Fateh also explained that the agency has invested in programs like the master training programs where international resource persons were assigned to train officers at the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff Collage, Gwagwalada.
He also revealed the agency’s planned to kick start a virtual/online training programs for officers.with a view of enhancing service delivery.