Onne Customs Launch Training/Conference Centre
…As Imam Lauds Compliant Stakeholders
BY GBOGBOWA GBOWA
The Nigeria Customs Service, Area II Command Onne recently commissioned a sprawling 110 seating capacity conference room with a training center designed to accommodate 40 persons, as part of the command’s innovation to raise the bar in purposeful impacting projects.
Welcoming guests and stakeholders to the commissioning of the projects, the driver of the vision and Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Baba Imam disclosed the projects initiated by the command was supported by law abiding stakeholders.
Imam explained that the vision was to to sustain synergy, collaboration and also to give a sense of “belonging to our stakeholders, who transact a legitimate business within the Command, a sit out was equally constructed for them to use while conducting their businesses.”
This is even as he specially thanked stakeholders that contributed to the projects, assuring that the conference room and training centre will be put to very judicious use and available on request to stakeholders.
His words: “The projects to be commissioned today are product of Corporate Social Services initiated by the COMMAND and supported by compliant and tractable stakeholders within the Command.
“They welcomed 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 the best international practices on import and export guidelines. The conference center to be commissioned has a 110 seating capacity while the training center has 40.
“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 infrastructural development.”
The Onne Customs boss said the NCS has writing official letters of commendation to stakeholders who played big roles in the realization of the projects.
“As part of our appreciation, the Command will recognize the stakeholders that played a key role in the construction and establishment of these conference and training facilities. Aside the Command’s appreciation letters, am glad to inform you that the CGC has sent a commendation letter.
“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.”
Comptroller Imam pledged the command will continue to initiate similar projects and remain in the forefront in the execution of such projects to ensure efficiency and efficacy in service delivery, even as he reminded stakeholders that the flow of trade facilitation will continually be dependent on their willingness to remain compliant.
“I will not relent to remind our stakeholders to continue complying with the government’s extant laws on import and export. 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.”