Customs Training: Agents yearn for more, despite jobs pressure

Prince Olayiwola Shittu

The next Nigeria Customs Service-sponsored, free training of licensed Customs Brokers may come with new conditions, as the first batch ended at the weekend, with Customs agents, seriously yearning for more.


The Maritime First was told that agents’ interest soared, after the Officers who held the fort at the Dikko Inde House, ANLCA permanent National Secretariat, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos, with the initial intention of merely teaching on a general note of basic rudimentary ICT-tools required for fast cargo delivery, began to teach also on customs clearing processes for the valuation of goods, in its different forms.

Managing Director/CEO of TechnoBrain, Valentina Mintah
Managing Director/CEO of TechnoBrain, Valentina Mintah

“The final day was as informative, exciting, and educative, just as the first, second and third days”, the image-maker, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Joe Sanni disclosed, stressing that the barometer for evaluating the success of the programme could me measured by the response rate and questions being asked by brokers at the different sessions. .
Highlighting that the Brokers came off being better informed, equipped and prepared on ways to process and deliver cargo faster, Sanni noted that those who participated would now, more easily transact business electronically, seamlessly, cost efficiently and professionally.

“The questions posed after every lecture shows that, in spite of the timing of the program which held on working days, the in-depth understanding of the subjects being taught. This is more so, as the field experiences already garnered over time, made the theories easily assimilated.

“The practical hands-on further boosted the rate of understanding of the licensed Customs Agents, as agents yearned for more, despite the fact that they were equally uneasy, because of their jobs at the ports, which sometimes distract their attention, during the programme” he explained further.

It was learnt that the course content included basic resources and requirements to carry out the professional duties of customs brokers; the fundamental structures of classification of goods and its legal rules and conditions thereto; with great emphasis placed on online resources, particularly, the, customs. gov. ng.

While resource persons were mainly customs officers drawn from Apapa and Tin Can Island Port Commands, with Deputy comptrollers Saidu and  the pack were Deputy comptrollers Saidu and Opelusi, leading others which included, Assistant Comptrollers Dalyop and Adeola (Mrs), CSC Fateh, and ASC II Anikoh and Abba.

There was also in attendance, the Nigeria Customs Service ICT Consultant – Techno Brain Consultancy Ltd – represented by Chukwuemeka Nzeih  who reportedly earned the name ‘Prof’ for his practical experiences–approach in delivering his lectures.

Meanwhile, the Customs Area Comptroller – of Apapa Port Complex, Comptroller Epowei Edike, who represented the Comptroller General of Customs, at the closing  ceremony has advised first Batch participants to make honesty in declarations and integrity their watchword, in the practice of cargo clearance, in order to facilitate trade and abhor practices that will bring customs brokerage to disrepute.

Speaking in the same vein, the Managing Director/CEO of TechnoBrain, Valentina Mintah also urged them  to leverage on the new tools and knowledge they had acquired, practising continuously, as such remains the most viable option, to impact on their working environment, more positively.