The Nigeria Customs Service, Tincan Island Command has commenced training of its officers and men for the advanced stage of automation of the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System 11(NICIS 11) in response to the need for full automation and computerization of customs processes and procedures.
Public Relations Officer of the Command, Uche Ejesieme, made this known in a statement on Thursday in Lagos.
At the opening session, Comptroller Yusuf Bashar, who is Controller in charge of the Command, urged participants to take the training seriously, to improve their capacity and competence in the discharge of their duties.
According to the statement, Bashar told the participants that “the course curriculum was carefully articulated to cover vast areas in the 21st Century Customs Operations in line with the WCO standard.
He also said that the training became imperative in order to prepare officers/men on the anticipated (NICIS II) which is coming as advancement to NICIS 1 as a major tool for facilitation of legitimate trade.
The controller highlighted the importance of ICT to 21st Century Customs Operations and charged participants to remain focused towards acquiring the needed skills that will aid a quick comprehension of the provisions of (NICIS II).
He thanked the Comptroller-General of Customs, Retired Col. Hameed Ali, and his management team for approving his request to send resource persons from the Customs Headquarters for the training programme.
The training activity aimed at providing participants with; Familiarization with different trade transaction documents, familiarization on how to view transaction documents, and familiarization with the use of the document finder operation.
Similarly, the NICIS IRIS presentation was aimed at providing participants with Knowledge on how to use NICIS IRIS module, Knowledge on how to use NICIS IRIS operations to generate a report and print Integrated report interface system.
The training provides a template for chief examiners to be proactive such that cases of infractions could be detected and appropriate sanctions applied.
Furthermore, the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System II (NICIS II) training is aimed at equipping participants with; Overview of NICIS, awareness of NICIS Operations, Knowledge on how to access the NICIS applications, familiarizations on user profile menus elements, knowledge on user’s ID maintenance, introductions to different NICIS reports, and NICIS applications technical know-how.
Bashar reiterated his commitment towards the actualization of the core mandates of the command, and noted that training and re-training of his personnel have resulted in the high revenue being generated by the command despite the low volume of cargo traffic.
He also stated that his resort to practical stakeholder engagement have provided an opportunity for the exchange of quality opinions between the command and the various stakeholders for the actualization of official optimal results.
The controller charged the trading public to ensure honest declarations and stated that the Service will continue to facilitate legitimate trade in line with global best practices.