Comptroller Baba Imam has charged stakeholders to continue complying with the government’s extant laws on imports and exports. At the commissioning of the Onne Customs Command’s new Conference Hall today, he reiterated that legitimate importers and exporters will have easy access to the management of the Command.
‘We shall consistently adopt mechanisms that will ensure the removal of bottlenecks associated with import and export, adding that they are resolute and committed to trade facilitation as one of the Service’s cardinal mandates.
I am delighted to welcome you to the Nigeria Customs Service, Area II Command Onne. Indeed, it is a great privilege for us to have the ACG, heads of various military and Para-Military establishments, and other critical stakeholders grace this MOMENTOUS occasion. We feel overwhelmed by your presence.
The ACG Sir, Distinguished Guests, Members of the press, Ladies and Gentlemen. The projects to be commissioned today are product of Corporate Social Services initiated by the COMMAND and supported by compliant and tractable stakeholders within the Command.
They welcomed the Command’s vision of having a conducive training and conference center and made it a reality, in order 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 center has 40.
To sustain synergy, collaboration and to give 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, 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 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.
Distinguish 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 in 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.
Furthermore, let me reiterate here that legitimate importers and exporters shall continue to have access to us at all times. We shall consistently adopt mechanism 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 mandate.
I thank you all for honoring our invitation and for coming.