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Customs College Gwagwalada graduates 50 officers of Junior Course 16

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Customs College Gwagwalada graduates 50 officers of Junior Course 16

Story from Haruna YUSUF, Abuja

In an unwavering efforts to improve the work efficiency of its personnel, Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College, on 18 August 2023 in Gwagwalada Abuja, successfully graduated 50 officers of Junior Course 16.

The graduation ceremony, which took place at the College’s famous Conference Theater, Ahmed Makarfi Hall, was graced by the Acting Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, as the special guest of honour.

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Addressing the graduands, the customs boss felicitated and expressed his commitment towards enhancing the professionalism of officers through training and capacity building.

“I congratulate you for attaining this level of finishing your course, having shown your commitment and competence in dealing with Customs rules.”

“I hereby urge you to make good use of what you have been taught and continue to be good ambassadors of the service as you leave this college,” Adeniyi said.

He urged them to maintain good relationships with members of their host communities while contributing to revenue generation and enhancing border security.

The customs boss, while revealing some glad tidings to the directing staff, tasked the graduands to take the knowledge and skills they gained in the college with high esteem.

The Commandant of the College, ACG Kingsley Chukwu Egwu, who earlier addressed the graduands, urged them to put all they have learned during their training at the college to good use, as the country awaits their positive contributions in the area of suppressing smuggling, generating revenue as well as facilitation of legitimate trade.

The commandant said, “It is with great honour and privilege to be part of this graduation ceremony of Junior Course 16, 2023. It is without a doubt that you have spent three months having rigorous training. I congratulate you for your tenacity and commitment, which has led us to today’s occasion.”

“I want to urge you, the graduands, to build up your competence and capacity in discharging your official duty as trained customs officers, having undergone this training at the college, i do not doubt that you are now well equipped and ready to serve the Nigeria Customs Service well,” ACG Kingsley said.

As part of the lineup during the occasion, certificates and awards were presented, including the best overall student of Junior Course 16.

Some courses the officers passed through include service writing, public speaking, and time management, amongst many others.

Earlier, before the graduation ceremony, the college organised a regimental pre-graduation dinner for the students on Wednesday, where the Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs in charge of Strategic, Research and Policy, DCG Al-Bashir Hamisu, represented the Ag. CG as the special guest of honour.

Addressing the students during the feast, the Ag. CGC told them, “I have no doubts in my mind that considering the quality of training you have received, you all will be good ambassadors of the college and the service at large. I wish to implore you to exhibit your competence to your subordinates when you go back to your places of work.”

Junior Course is one of the Nigerian Customs Service’s tenets aimed at acquainting the organisation’s operatives with productive policies and ethics of customs work for three months in the college.

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