Apapa customs to train agents, importers on clearance procedures

Controller, Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Comptroller Charles Edike said that the command has concluded plans to train importers and clearing agents on modern cargo clearance procedure this week.

The command it will be recalled trained over 50 maritime journalists’ penultimate Tuesday on modern customs procedures at its newly commissioned ICT training facility.

Speaking at a forum in Lagos last weekend, Edike said that the decision to train clearing agents is to help build capacity and avoid incidences of wrong declarations.

“When we commissioned the ultra modern ICT training center last two weeks, the first people that were trained were not customs officers, they were journalists because we want to be on the same page with them. So we have also made arrangement to train importers and agents in the next two weeks. When agents are properly tutored, incidences of wrong declarations, false declarations, making unnecessary errors would be curtailed,” he said.

He said the training is also part of the Customs Comptroller General six point agenda to build capacity among clearing agents.

“If you see his six point agenda, you will see how important his attention is on ICT, capacity building and stakeholders’ relationship. All of this is aimed at making things easier and better and a creating stronger revenue base for the country,” Edike said.

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