Customs training college must remain world class, says Comptroller General

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) has expressed his determination to ensure that the Customs Staff College remains a World class training institution.

This is contained in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Customs Service, Mr Wale Adeniyi, and made available to newsmen in Lagos.

Adeniyi said the Comptroller-General made this known in Gwagwalada after his inspection visit to the college and expressed satisfaction with the College environment which he described as “captivating, well- kept and commendable.’’

The Comptroller-General said the College was capable of delivering a World class, skilled Customs Professionals but expressed his concerns about adequate maintenance of the college structures.

“I am impressed and hope to keep the standard well above average, its one thing for us to build and another for us to maintain. 

“The standard of training must not fall. The maintenance must not fall. Our staff college must be first- class at any given time,” he said.

Earlier in his welcome address, the College Commandant Comptroller Aminu Abba told the Comptroller-General that the college which started in December 2011 had organised a total number of 99 Training Programmes, during which 5,011 senior Officers were exposed to various advanced and specialized trainings.

He stated that the College had developed a comprehensive curriculum to cover various areas of modern Customs operations, as envisaged under the Strategic Plan 2014- 2019.

The highlight of the visit was the inspection of the Customs museum, where items of historical value documenting Customs history since its inception were kept. Others places inspected include the college main auditorium, the lecture Halls, the e-library, residences for Directing Staff and College participants, the medical and sports facilities.

Adeniyi said the visit to the College, located in Gwagwalada – Abuja was part of the Comptroller- General’s familiarisation with the Service structures.