By Godwin Oritse
A group of retired Customs officers have come together to form an Institute of Customs Affairs and Conflict Resolution with a view to meeting the training needs of the service and make it international compliant.
Disclosing this in LagosÂ yesterday, a former Acting Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service Mr Tayo Ogungbemile said that the organization was incorporated to address the training of maritime stakeholders so as to tune into the present day global development.
The institute, according to Ogungbemile apart from acting as a resource center for the Customs,Â is also meant to provide regular refresher courses forÂ officers and men of the service
The former Customs boss explained that the training acquired in the institute is expected to enhance and advance the individual officerâ€™s integrity, general trade facilitation and consequently capture the maximum collectable revenue into Federal Governmentâ€™s revenue net .
â€œOur training methodology is fcused on extruding from the inner minds of trainees new improved methods of achieving goals that are consistent with best practices in the maritime industry all over the civilized world especially having regard to the simplification and harmonization of customs procedure.
â€œWe are poised to enhance proficiency and professionalism â€œThe Customs Service Providers, to wit : Cotecna, SGS and Global Scan desirous of building the professional capacity of serving customs officers, obtained the approval ofÂ Nigeria Customs Service to engage the services of the institute to provide refresher courses for officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service .
â€œOur resource persons include, but not limited to reputable retired senior customs officers who did not only work at the training college while in the service but also attend international training the trainers course, seminar, and workshops.
â€œEven retirement, the institute exposes them to international conferences through International Federation of Customs Brokers Association (IFCBA) which has observer status in the World Customs Organization.
â€œBy so doing, they maintain their subject expertise on customs and maritime mattersâ€ he added .
Meanwhile, the institute commenced a two weeks training programme for inspection service providers namely Cotecna, SGS and Global scan and a selected group of officers from the service formation across the country.