By Godfrey Bivbere
Managing Director ofÂ Cotecna Destination Inspection Limited, Alhaji Tayo Yahaya Rabiu, has emphasised the importance of quality and specialized training to the overall success of Destination Inspection (DI) and smooth trade facilitation at the nationâ€™sÂ ports.
Speaking at a three-day intensive risk management training for regulatory agencies in Nigeria, Rabiu stressed important role of continuous training and collaboration amongst government regulatory agencies for the success of D/I scheme in Nigeria.
The training was conducted by Mr. Peter Clark, a renowned customs tutor with over 34 years experience from Her Majesty Customs and Excise (HMCE).
Participants at the training included representatives from all the key maritime regulatory agencies in the nation, National Agency for Food, Drugs Admission and Control (NAFDAC), Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC) and Nigeria Quarantine Services (NIS).
According to Rabiu â€œTraining is an essential factor for the present and future of port operations. This is why in Cotecna, training and other capacity building measures are taken with utmost dedication and attention. Apart from being part of our contractual obligations, we believe that it has great roles to play and will to a large extent determine the future of trade at the portsâ€.
â€œFor the successful operation of the DI scheme and afterwards a seamless flow of operations following the transfer to the customs, training and mental empowerment is keyâ€, he added.
He said the course would provide great insights into risk management, which goods get scanned, before going for physical examination or those that require documents check.
He further disclosed that participants would also examine cloudy areas. The training would be in series and collaboratively done with other stakeholders as it progresses urging the participants to take full advantage of the training, adding:
â€œAs joint stakeholders and players striving to position the nation as the commercial hub of Africa and championing the development of positive business values and best practices, we need to equip ourselves thoroughly. This comes by appreciating and taking optimum advantage of genuine capacity building and empowerment platformsâ€.