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Customs Staff College is centre of excellence, says comptroller-general

So far, we have turned out about five sets of officers going through the college. That has really improved the standard of performance in customs.

By Emmanuella Anokam
The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), retired Col. Hameed Ali, says the NCS staff college is meant to train people in global best practices.

Featuring at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum on Sunday in Abuja, Ali said the NCS established the college through collaboration with the Armed Forces Command and Staff College.

NAN recalls that the college commenced the training of NCS staff in 2016 after Ali’s assumption of office as comptroller-general.

The college was established to boost the skills of officers and men to be more professional in discharging their duties.

According to him, the junior and senior colleges are almost at the same level with the armed forces college which is running some parts of the teaching aspect of Customs Staff College.

“So far, we have turned out about five sets of officers going through the college. That has really improved the standard of performance in customs.

“It is our hope that when we finish training these young ones and by going through the process of the staff college, we will have one of the best customs globally.’’

Describing technology as key to the success of customs activities, he explained that he was not happy that the organisation had not deployed technology in its operations.

“But we are giving it a consent and doing the best we can.

“You hear that NCS does not do what we call 100 per cent examination of containers of goods because we do not have scanners on ground.

“We are working assiduously on that so that our job will be smoother and faster,’’ he said.