In a marked departure from the past, the Nigeria Customs Service has been investing massively on the training of junior officers.
This is because the junior officers, apart from representing the future of the service, they are the vehicles that would drive the vision and the strategic goals of the Service.
Declaring open a 3-day training workshop on “Strategic Communication for Effective Reputation & Change Management in the Nigeria Customs” in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Tuesday, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Alhaji Dikko Inde Abdullahi, said the management of the NCS sees the younger generation of officers as the future of the customs service hence the need to invest adequately on their training and welfare.
The CG disclosed that last year alone (2014), the customs trained a total of 4,140 officers with 314 of them trained abroad in the various areas of core customs operations. Of this figure, he said, junior officers re in the majority.
He said the present workshop which is part of the training intended to enhance the knowledge and skills of Public Relations Officers, junior officers constitute 70 per cent of the participants unlike before senior officers would be in the majority. This, he said, was to have well-trained, younger officers who will drive the PR goals of the Service.
The CGC who was represented by the Customs Public Relations Officer, Wale Adiniyi (Deputy Comptroller of Customs), said the customs management is also doing its utmost to provide adequate motivation, right environment and the right opportunity to demonstrate what they have learnt in the various trainings they receive.
Speaking at the ceremony, the National President of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Dr. Rotimi Oladele, commended the present management of customs for its leadership and massive investment on training of officers especially junior officers as the new face of the NCS. He also commended the CG and his senior officers for subjecting themselves for training as well. According to Oladele, “any learning leader is a winning leader.”
Dr. Oladele also commended the decision of the Customs management to train the officers on reputation and change management especially as Nigeria enters a new phase in its political life.

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