415 Cadets in grand style
* As ACG Aremu tasks officers on discipline, dedication to statutory duties
It was a special occasion at the Training College, Ikeja, Lagos, as Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), graduated 415 Cadets in grand style, after three months intensive training.
The epoch making event brought together Customs Area Controllers (CACs) of various formations in Zone ‘A’;
top government functionaries from Nigeria Army, Air-Force, Immigration, DSS, Police, Civil Defense, Road Safety, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Shippers’ Counci, the Chairman of Ikeja local governmentl and other security agencies in the country.
The programme began exactly by 10am on Thursday, March 31, 2022, with arrival of the Zonal Coordinator of Customs in Zone ‘A,’ ACG (Mrs)
Modupe Aremu, as Special Guest of honour.
The ceremony was brief but very colourful, as the graduating Cadets displayed professional competences on the training they just received in weapon handling; information Communications technology; import/export procedures; passengers selection; Post clearance audit and other Customs operations.
The high point of the occasion was a practical display where some graduating Cadets dismantled and re- assembled weapons (A K 47 rifles) in just one minute, all blind-folded. In fact, that particular task erupted the loudest applause from the guests, as it was handled with the highest professional technique.
That was not all.
Another Cadet, a Computer Science graduate from University of Jos,
invented a Tracker that can be used for verification of duty payment on imported vehicles. The device can be used online and off-line. The Tracker has authentication code for field officers, with the capacity to detect payment once it is activated.
In her remarks, ACG Aremu applauded the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Hameed Ibrahim Ali for the success of the entire exercise, stressing that the training took place under the strict watch of the CGC, even as the Service provided logistics and facilities needed throughout the duration of the training.
She tasked the Cadets on discipline, dedication to statutory duties and Integrity at all times.
Her assertions :
“The Nigeria Customs Service is involved in security operations, anti-smuggling activities, revenue generation and trade facilitation. As a paramilitary organisation, the Service has zero tolerance for indiscipline and unprofessional conduct. As such, any act of indiscipline or disloyalty to the Service will be dealt with decisively; and defaulters shown the way out of the Service.
“The reports we received from the Commandant on the training and the parade we witnessed today have clearly shown that you are refined and ready to contribute your best to Customs efforts in preserving the security of our Nation, facilitating Trade and generating maximum revenue for the Federal Government.
“This is the time to ensure personal development as you avail yourselves with provisions of the Public Service Rule, the Customs and Excise Management (CEMA) Act CAP 45 LFN 2004 and Scheme of Service
“The Service is strictly guided by these books in engagement of personnel. There is an established channel of communication with regards to official matters, correspondences and even expression of grievances. You are to be guided by this channel throughout your career in Customs.
In the same vein, Commandant of the Training College, Compt. M. S. Kebbi explained that the training was tasking and challenging because it was compressed to three months instead of the usual six months duration.
His words :
“The CGC also ensured that Federal character principle was applied to the later, as all the 774 local governments across the country were given four slots each.
With the transparency of the recruitment exercise and provision of modern infrastructure in the College, we had no excuse not to groom the Cadets.
“The Cadets also proved themselves in both character and conduct. It may interest you to know that since the training commenced we had no case of indiscipline.
I make bold to say that this year’s training is one of the best ever in the history of this famous institution and I have no iota of doubt in my mind that the College has schooled and imparted the out-going Cadets with knowledge, discipline and the capacity that will propel them to carry out their responsibilities with courage and integrity in the course of their service to this Nation”.
The programme, which was the best of its kind rounded off with awards presentation to outstanding Cadets and special recognition given to Area Controllers in Zone ‘A by ACG Aremu for their support throughout the training .
The Zonal Public Relations Officer, of Customs, N. Nwala, who moderated the programme did remarkably well in anchoring the event along side Mr Abdullahi Lagos, another experienced Public Relations Officer of Customs.
Obviously, that interesting programme had come and gone but the good memories will linger for long in the minds of guests, officers, family members and Journalists who witnessed the ceremony.