About three years to the expiration of the contact of the Service Providers with the federal government on destination inspection, one of the Service Providers, SGS Scanning Nigeria Limited, has completed training for the third batch of officials of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in readiness for the eventual take-over of the function of the companies engaged by government.
The officersÂ were on secondment to SGS as part of the on the job training relating to price verification, classification and risk assessment management.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony in Lagos recently, Comptroller Agyo S.B., who stood in for Deputy Comptroller General of Customs in-charge of Human Resource Development, Mr Salisu Argungu, urged the graduating officers to raise their performance level as well as rededicate themselves to the goals and ideals of the Service.
â€œOn behalf of the Management of Nigeria Customs Service, I thank management of SGS for the good work you are doing for the Service, we appreciate all your efforts and urge you not to rest on your oarsâ€, Agyo said.
Comptroller Agyo challenged theÂ officers to embrace attitudinal change in their conduct henceforth, just as he admonished them to exhibit those positive values they have imbibed from the training programme.
He advised the participants to apply the knowledge gained from the course to raise their performance level within and outside the Service, â€œManagement his aware of the gaps in the system and everything is being done to address these challengesâ€, he stressed.
In his remarks, Managing Director of SGS Scanning Limited, Mr Nigel Balchin, assured Management of NCS that his company would provide the necessary support to enable the Service effectively execute its mandate professionally.
Giving an overview of the training programme, Balchin saidÂ SGS since 2006 had commenced on the job training for customs personnel at the companyâ€™s scanner site, while the secondment in the office started in 2008 following the opening of the Risk Assessment / Price Verification Unit at the companyâ€™s head quarters in Lagos. The office secondment programme with duration of about three months is a combination of classroom training, including on-the-job exposure to all the process leading to the issuance of the Risk Assessment Reports (RARs). The company trained a group in 2008, while two groups were trained in 2009.
The SGS boss disclosed that additional groups would be trained in the New Year, starting from January through until 2012.
On behalf of the participants, Chief Superintendent of Customs (CSC) Maduabechi P.U., thanked Management of SGS Scanning Nigeria Limited for imparting the right knowledge and exposing them to the best tools as far as training on price verification, classification and risk assessment are concerned. â€œWe thank Management of Nigeria Customs Service, we thank SGS, they have been wonderful. We were well treated. What we have been exposed to, we will ensure that we make use of it in a proper wayâ€, she said.