The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Area II Command, Onne has inaugurated a new 110 capacity conference hall and a 40-seat training centre.
The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Comptroller Baba Imam disclosed that the facilities will be used to keep officers and stakeholders informed with best international practices on import and export guidelines.
The CAC explained further that the projects are in line with the Command’s vision of having a conducive training and conference centre.
According to him, the projects are products of Corporate Social Services initiated by the Command and supported by compliant and tractable stakeholders within the Command.
Similarly, a sit out was equally constructed for stakeholders’ use while conducting their businesses.
Compt. Imam explained that the move is to sustain synergy, collaboration and to give sense of belonging to stakeholders who transact legitimate business within the Command.
He further appreciated stakeholders that played a key role in the construction and establishment of the facilities.
His words: “Let me use this opportunity to especially appreciate the management of West Africa Container Terminal, Don Climax Bonded Terminal, Odest Bonded Terminal, and the Association of Nigeria Customs Licensed Agents (Onne) chapter for their direct commitment to the course of these projects.
“Also, let me acknowledge and appreciate Prestige Bonded Terminal, Kingsoo Bonded Terminal, international traders association and other numerous Stakeholders, who came together and gave their necessary support and cooperation in achieving this tremendous infrastructural development.
“Aside the Command’s appreciation letters, am glad to inform you that the CGC has sent a commendation letter. These commendation and recognition letters will be presented by the ACG to our eminent stakeholders”.
The Comptroller assured that facilities will be put to effective use, and guaranteed that they are open for use to all our stakeholders.
“I urge you to apply to my Office when the need arises, stating the purpose of its use, and, I assure you, the request would be granted.
“These facilities serve as a morale booster to officers so that they will continue to be more productive in trade facilitation and revenue generation activities through training and meetings that would enhance our performance and productivity.
“The command pledges to continue to initiate similar projects and remain in the forefront in the execution of such projects to ensure efficiency and efficacy in service delivery”, he added.
Speaking further, the CAC reminded stakeholders of the importance to continue complying with the government’s extant laws on import and export.
He reiterated that legitimate importers and exporters shall continue to have access to the Command at all times.
Compt. Imam noted that the One II Command shall consistently adopt mechanism that will ensure the removal of bottlenecks associated with import and export, adding that the it is resolute and committed to trade facilitation as one of its cardinal mandate.
The event had in attendance, the ACG, heads of various military and para-military establishments, as well as other critical stakeholders.