Onne Customs rejigs operational strategies
…As Compt IMAM commissions new training facility, conference center
The Nigeria Customs Service, Area II Command Onne, has rejigged its operational strategies, in order to enhance efficiency in the system.
The Customs Area Controller (CAC) of Onne Command, Compt BABA IMAM, demonstrated this with the commissioning of a new training facility and conference center.
Speaking during the occasion, Compt IMAM said : “The projects being commissioned today are products of Corporate Social Services initiated by the COMMAND and supported by compliant and tractable stakeholders within the Command.
“We welcome the Command’s vision of having a conducive training and conference center and made it a reality, in order to keep both officers and stakeholders in the loop with best international practice on import, as well as export guidelines.”
He went on; “The conference center has 110 seating capacity while the training center has 40. To sustain collaboration and to give a sense of belonging to our stakeholders, who transact legitimate business within the Command, a sit-out was equally constructed for them to use while conducting their businesses.”
His words : “Let me use this opportunity to especially appreciate the management of West Africa Container Terminal, Don Climax Bonded Terminal, Odest Bonded Terminal, and the Association of Nigeria Customs Licensed Agents (Onne) chapter for their direct commitment to the course of these projects.
“Also, let me acknowledge and appreciate Prestige Bonded Terminal, Kingsoo Bonded Terminal, international traders association and other numerous Stakeholders, who came together and gave their necessary support and cooperation in achieving this tremendous infrastructure development. ”
His assertions : “As part of our appreciation, the Command will recognize that stakeholders played a key role in the construction and establishment of these conference and training facilities. Aside the Command’s appreciation letters, I am glad to inform you that the CGC has sent a commendation letter.
“These commendation and recognition letters will be presented by the ACG to our eminent stakeholders. The Command can assure that these facilities will be put to effective use, and guarantees also that they are open for use to all our stakeholders.
“So, I urge you to apply to my Office when the need arises, stating the purpose of its use, and, I assure you, the request would be granted.
These facilities serve as a morale booster to officers so that they will continue to be more productive in trade facilitation and revenue generation activities through training and meetings that would enhance our performance and productivity.
Distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen, the command pledges to continue to initiate similar projects and remain in the forefront in the execution of such projects, to ensure efficiency and efficacy in service delivery.
“I will not relent to remind our stakeholders to continue complying with government’s extant laws on import and export.
“Furthermore, let me reiterate here that legitimate importers and exporters shall continue to have access to us at all times. We shall consistently adopt mechanism that will ensure the removal of bottlenecks associated with import and export.We are resolute and committed to trade facilitation as one of our cardinal mandate.”
Remarkably, the Commissioning was witnessed by heads of various Military and Para-Military establishments, as well as other critical stakeholders