Nigeria Customs Excites WCO

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The World Customs Organisation(WCO) has expressed satisfaction over the on-going Customs reforms and  modernisation programme in Nigeria, which it said has impacted positively on the operations of the  service.

The modernisation programme, which  started over a  year ago under the imcumbent Comptroller-General  Abdullahi Dikko, has  changed the orientation, psyche and work ethics of men and officers of the  Nigeria Customs while raising the standard of their operations, which are basically driven by  technology.

This much was acknowledged by Mr Lars Karlsson, the immedite past Director of capacity-building in the  WCO, while speaking recently in Abuja at the International Customs Day ceremony.

He disclosed that the world customs body was pleased with the steady progress being made by Nigeria  Customs in its reforms programme which he said has placed the service in the leadership position  within the West-Africa and Central African regions.

Mr Karlsson, who is also the Deputy Director-General of Swedish Customs, disclosed that: “We listen to  the views of Alhaji Dikko at the capacity-building office of WCO. We not only listen, we also act on  his views.

He futher stated that the other countries within the region are encouraged by the level of progress  made by the Nigeria Customs which they are also emulating.

The WCO official said he was therefore not surprised that Nigeria is the Vice- President of WCO within  the West African and Central-African region.

He, however, warned the management of the service not to get carried away with the modest achievements  made so far in the modernisation programme as there is still a lot of ground to cover  to make the  Nigeria Customs a world class organisation.

During the celebration of the World Customs Day which the Nigeria Customs marked with fanfare, Dikko  regaled the audience with the plethora of achievements which his administration has recorded  in the  last one year.

According to him, building the knowledge base of officers is being pursued with vigour.

Dikko disclosed that towards building highly cerebral workforce, the customs management has so far  trained 8,000 out of its 16,000 staff locally and abroad.

In pursuit of raising an efficient and proficient workforce, a first class Command and staff collecge  at Gwagwalada, a suburb of Abuja, is almost completed for advanced training and re-training of  officers in the command positions from Nigeria and other sister customs National administrations  within the West and Central Africa regions.