Finance minister charges graduating customs officers to be NCS ambassadors



The Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, has charged graduates of the Customs Command and College, Gwagwalada, to henceforth be ambassadors of the college wherever they are posted to serve.

Ahmed gave the charge Friday at the combined graduation ceremony of officers of Senior Course 5 and Junior Course 11 from the college.

While congratulating the graduands successfully completing their training at the institution, the minister reminded them knowledge they had acquired would be tested in so many ways.

“I believe your participation in course has improved you both in character and learning.

“As you begin journey as trained officers, you are expected to guide, facilitate and assist your superior officers to function smoothly at every level.

“You must be conscious of the fact that you are now ambassadors of the college and the training you received would be tested in so many ways, ” she said.

Ahmed  who represented by the  retired Comptroller-General of customs, Col. Hameed  Ali , charged the officers to use the training that they had received to contribute their part towards improving the service.

While speaking in his capacity as Customs Comptroller-General, Ali commended the  Commandant of the college, Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs, ACG Adewale Adeniyi and for successfully conducting the combined graduation.

He urged the graduands to put into practice the skills they had acquired to justify the resources and time spent to train them in the college.

He assured the Commandant College and NCS Management would continue to support the college to meet its mandate.

Ali said that NCS would continue to invest in human capacity development through regular training, especially in the area of technology.

He said use of technology would help track and trace illicit goods and movement.

Earlier in his welcome address, Adeniyi said the college operating under a challenging environment, such as poor power supply, which had put pressure the college power generator.

He expressed appreciation for the Comptroller-General’s approval for the purchase of one 1,000 KVA and one 1,500 KVA generators for the college towards addressing the power challenge.

Adeniyi said NCS also working hard to solar power source to the college to guarantee steady power supply.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a total of 78 officers graduated during the ceremony.

While 38 of them from the Senior Course 5 graduated were awarded the “Pass Senior Course” (PSC), 40 from the Junior Court 11 bagged the “Pass Junior Course (PJSC). (NAN)