Tin Can Customs Beefs Up Revenue Base With ICT Centre

PIX: Hameed Ali, Customs CG.

Following the Comptroller-General of Customs’ ideology for change through human capacity-building and development, the Tin Can Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs (NCS) has built a world class Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) training centre for its officers and men

In line with the CGC, Col Hameed Ali's desire, the Centre is designed according to the standards of the Brussels based World Customs Organisation (WCO).

Speaking on the new development, the spokesman of the command, Mr. Uche Ejesieme, a Deputy Superintendent of Customs, said the newly constructed ICT Center was to keep officers and men of the service, including critical stakeholders, intellectually up-to-date with processes and procedures of the service.

He said the brain behind the construction of the facility was the Customs Area Controller of the command, Comptroller Yusuf Bashar, whom he described as someone who had all it takes to move the command to the next level owing to his track records and antecedents.

Ejesieme added that the courses which were key elements of trade facilitation and approved by the WCO included valuation and classification, risk management cargo selectivity, corporate governance, leadership integrity, among others.

He said the courses, which would be handled by resource persons invited by the service were certified by trainers in the areas of Customs modernisation.

“In the change mantra, training and re-training is very key. We want to make training a continuous exercise. The resource persons would be invited from the service, are those who are certified trainers who will come and take trainees on key aspect of Customs operations in terms of modernisation.

“The facility is built for officers as well as stakeholders. The importance of training and re-training cannot be over emphasized. It is a very key factor in the WCO and even the CGC's many points agenda. The CAC, if you look at his track records and antecedents, you'll know that he has all it takes to move this command to the next level.

"Training and re-training is also a key element because we cannot afford to allow officers to be intellectually stagnant. That is the fundamental reason he is trying to be proactive in that regards", Ejesieme said.

The image maker further stated that the training facility in no distant time will be commissioned.

Meanwhile, the Command’s image maker, Ejesieme, has debunked speculations in some sections of the media that exchange rate on duty for import has dropped from its former rate of N306 to N303 per dollar.

Ejesieme stated that they were yet to see any circular to that effect, as it was not in their purview to determine exchange rate of duty for imports.

"The rate has actually not dropped. Surprisingly, few days ago, a lot of people called me to confirm if the rate has dropped from N306 to N303 per dollar for duty; we tried to take it up from there for further enquiries.

"Actually, it is important for us to also use this platform for us to correct this erroneous impression. What they do is once the CBN is convinced according to the laws establishing it that a particular exchange rate is supposed to be used to change to the present rate, they’ll just send it electronically to Customs and when we open our system, you’ll see it come up automatically as exchange rate for the day.

“Customs has nothing to do with the determination of exchange rates whether it is reviewed upward or downward, it’s under the prerogative and purview of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). We are only implementing government’s policy. Once they send, we upload on our system and use. Current rate is still N306 per dollar”, Ejesieme stressed.