Newly promoted Customs officers of the Portharcourt II Onne Command were tasked to embrace modern technology and acquire better knowledge in order to promote productivity.
The Customs Area Controller of Area ll Command Onne Port, Comptroller Auwal Mohammed, made this call on Wednesday
during the decoration ceremony of 115 newly promoted officers of the command.
In a statement titled, ‘Analogue Officers May Have no Role in Future Customs, Says Comptroller Mohammed’, the CAC admonished the officers to acquaint themselves with all stages of modern customs operations as the approved e-customs project will require them to apply knowledge and skills at work.
The statement quoted Mohammed as saying, “While you study the books of instructions, I enjoin you all to refresh yourselves or show interest in training and retraining in critical areas like scanner operation, image analysis, data capture, profiling and others.
“As you are aware already, modern Customs is knowledge-driven and a good way to justify the confidence reposed on you by the Board and Management of NCS is to focus on developing your knowledge in these important areas of our function.”
Speaking about their new roles, Mohammed said, “This promotion will cause some of you to take superior responsibilities. Make it a point of duty to transfer knowledge to junior officers for ease of transition and seamlessness of our operations at all times.
“Always uphold our procedure of hundred percent physical examination and be resolute to make seizures and arrests anytime offending items are discovered with suspects.”