Onne Customs enhances trade facilitation with new conference hall, training centre
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Onne, Area 2 command, recently inaugurated a conference hall with a seating capacity of 110 and a training centre accommodating 40 individuals. These new facilities are aimed at improving the command’s operations.
Comptroller Baba Imam, the Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the command, while unveiling the facility, described the facilities as a morale booster to officers to be more productive in trade facilitation and revenue generation activities through training and meetings that would enhance performance and productivity.
He said the project was a product of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of the command.
His words: “To keep both officers and stakeholders in the loop with the best international practices on import and export guidelines. The conference center to be commissioned has a 110 seating capacity while the training centre has 40.
“To sustain synergy, collaboration and to give a sense of belonging to our stakeholders, who transact a legitimate business within the Command, a sit out was equally constructed for them to use while conducting their businesses.
“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, the international traders association, and other numerous Stakeholders, who came together and gave their necessary support and cooperation in achieving this tremendous infrastructural development.
“As part of our appreciation, the Command will recognize the stakeholders that played a key role in the construction and establishment of these conference and training facilities.
“Aside from 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.
“Distinguished guest ladies and gentlemen the command assures that these facilities will be put to effective use, and guarantees also that they are open for use to all our stakeholders. So 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.
“Distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen, the command pledges to continue to initiate similar projects and remain at the forefront in the execution of such projects to ensure efficiency and efficacy in service delivery.
“I will not relent to remind our stakeholders to continue complying with the government’s extant laws on import and export.
He promised to consistently adopt mechanisms that will ensure the removal of bottlenecks associated with import and export.
“We are resolute and committed to trade facilitation as one of our cardinal mandates,” he assured.