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SGS trains Customs officers

In a bid to keep its side   of the contractual agreement with federal government on empowerment of  Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) officials for the eventual takeover of the functions of Service Providers, SGS Scanning Nigeria Limited has completed the training of another batch of officers.

The secondment programme entails on the job training in best practices relating to price verification, classification and risk management. Participants are equally taken through the procedures leading to the issuance of Risk Assessment Reports (RARs).

Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service Mr. Abdullahi Dikko Inde, represented at the ceremony by Compt. Patience Iferi, said the idea of the secondment programme “is to train our officers so that they can be at par with the best in the world”.  She enjoined the graduates to put into good use all they have been taught to the benefit of the Agency and the nation at large.

“On behalf of the Comptroller General of Customs, I wish to say that the Service is proud of you having been informed of your excellent conduct during the course of the programme. The Service has a future in you and as you go back; please ensure you reflect all you have learnt in the discharge of your duties. Management of the Service is happy that SGS is handling this training.

Thank you SGS for we know you have the pedigree and expertise required to enhance the performance of our personnel. Thank you SGS also for being very humane in the treatment of our officers”, she said.

Managing Director of SGS Scanning Nigeria Limited, Mr Nigel Balchin, in his welcome remarks described the batch of graduates as the best group so far. “Overall I think you have done well. I hope this training will add alot of value to your activities when you get back to your bases.

I also hope it would be of benefit to the Agency, which is why this programme has been initiated”.
On behalf of the participants, leader of the group Assistant Comptroller Samuel Akiga, expressed the heartfelt gratitude of the group to Management of NCS for selecting them for the course. “It is a thing of honour that among many of us, this group has been selected for this training. I can ascertain that we all have benefitted tremendously from this training and if it is continued the Service will benefit immensely. On behalf of my colleagues, I want to thank SGS for this wonderful training.

I will like to acknowledge the unfailing courtesy and human relations touches we have enjoyed from the Management and entire SGS staff”, he said.

Certificates were presented to all the twelve officers that successfully completed the three months training by Compt. Iferi, assisted by the SGS Managing Director Mr Nigel Balchin.

The event held at the company’s Lagos Office, would be the fourth of such ceremony since the programme commenced and the first this year.


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