4th February, 2011
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has trained 8,000 out of its 16,000Â workforce in 2010.
The Comptroller-General Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko said this recently during the World Customs DayÂ celebration in Abuja.
Abdullahi said at the 2011 International Customs Day that areas of training include computerÂ appreciation, as well as management and leadership training in Ontario, Canada and Nigerian MilitaryÂ Police School, Zaria.
He said that the World Customs Organisation (WCO) chose this yearâ€™s theme Knowledge: A Catalyst forÂ Customs Excellence to spur national Customs administrations to give prominence to human capacityÂ development.
He explained that this was a sure way of building strong and resilient institutions and keeping themÂ abreast of everyday breakthrough in technology and science.
Dikko said the management of NCS was conscious of its responsibility to building a first classÂ institution, adding that it had set aside a large chunk of its annual budget for capacity building.
He said in the last one year, the service had conducted in-house seminars and re-training programmesÂ at both the commands and departmental levels while at the same time reduce the number of officers atÂ its sea ports commands so as to meet up with the instance of electronic compliance and automationÂ operations that requires less number of persons.