WCO Trains Nigeria Customs New Management Team Members On Leadership Development, Partners HMRC

The Nigeria Customs Service in partnership with World Customs Organisation and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), has organized a Leadership and Management Development Program, scheduled for the 26th of February to 1st of March, 2023 at the Wells Carlton Hotel, Asokoro in Abuja.

According to the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) the Leadership and Development Program which focuses on Personal Leadership and Management Skills, Organisation/Strategic Challenges, and Executive Team Building Is targeted at the newly appointed members of the Management Team.

Hameed Ali revealed that, since his assumption to office as the CGC, it’s about the third time, such training will be held, “First and foremost, we have a new management team joining and quite a number have retired, at the beginning of their tenure, it is very important. The training gives them,
the perspective of leadership and what is required of them, because each of us, is supposed to be a role model.”

Analyzing the nature of leadership as transient, the CGC stated that, everyone is meant to play a role and be ready to take up the responsibilities and any top position or see himself as the next leader of the Nigeria Customs Service.

Buttressing on the effectiveness of the leadership program one of the Facilitators, Donia Hammami who also doubles as the Head of the Accelerate Trade Facilitation Programme noted that, Leadership is crucial for change and that the Nigeria Customs Service has started many reform processes, hence the training.

“This time could not have been more right, the embarkment of a new enthusiast era, so it’s really about slowing down and seeing the priorities and what the Leadership of the NCS want to bring, going forward.”

“Am here with the support of the Trade Facilitation Program, which is supported by the United Kingdom, it’s a partnership of ten Countries, most of them in Africa, where we use the best practices and guidelines of the World Customs Organisation(WCO) and pair to pair learning between the various Customs Administrations to further support NCS to become a World Class Customs Service.’ Hammami said.

One of the Participants, Acting Deputy Comptroller General of Customs in charge of Human Resource Development, Saidu Galadima, expressed gratitude to the CGC for such training in his words, “This retreat is timely because Human Development is very key to the attainment of all our strategic goals, so starting with the management will fast track the attainment of all our goals and deliverables, so I commend the WCO and the CGC for organizing this retreat for management.’

The Ag. ACG also said that the training will also be extended to the Comptroller level, to allow everyone to be on the same page in attaining the service goal and objectives.

The World Customs Organisation under the auspices of the WCO Accelerate Trade Facilitation Programme is financially sponsored by the UK Customs/UK’s His Majesty’s Revenue & Customs.

Webb Fontaine Group. All rights reserved.