By Godfrey Bivbere
The three Scanning Service Providers at the nationâ€™s border stations and sea ports – Cotecna Destination Inspection Nigeria Ltd., SGS and Global Scansystems Limited have jointly organized a 2-day training on leadership development for senior management staff of Nigeria Customs Service. This is in line with the drive to attaining global best practice in Nigeria ports and maritime industry.
The programme which was held recently at in Abuja had in attendance the entire members of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Management team led by the Comptroller-General, Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko Inde, MFR.
Declaring the training opened, the CGC reiterated the readiness of his team to learn all that is necessary and required to transform the customs service to the admiration of all Nigerians.
The customs boss said:Â â€œThe NCS management will continue to collaborate with Service Providers and other critical stakeholders in the maritime industry to champion programmes that can add value to Customs operations and processes. This is the panacea for the much desired change in the industryâ€.
The training which had numerous notable and distinguished personalities as resource persons dealt critically on key leadership topics, such as Understanding responsibilities processes, Management based on agreed contingency factors, Leading change in the light of organizational vision, Improving efficiency and effectiveness of Divisions amongst others.
Speaking on behalf of the Service Providers, Managing Director of Cotecna Destination Inspection Limited, Mr. â€˜Tayo Rabiu welcomed the participants and reiterated the need for strategic collaborations between the Service Providers and the customs officers.
He explained that the training is consequent of the understanding and appreciation of the vital role of service providers as stipulated in their contractual obligations to continuously and impact fully build capacity for Customs officers.
This will on the overall improve operational efficiency and avail the nation of the enormous benefits of the destination inspection scheme.Rabiu disclosed that in addition to the trainings provided individually by the three companies, the Service Providers have from the inception of the Destination Inspection Program jointly trained 677 officers of the Nigeria Customs Service in different aspects of Customs operations.
The Managing Director of SGS, Mr. Nigel Balchin and the General Manager Operations of Global Scan Mr. Chikwudinobi who were also at the opening ceremony assured the Service Providers readiness to continue with relevant training to all cadres of the Nigeria Customs Service.