The proposed Customs Academy aims to provide essential professional training to officers and personnel, aligning them with current best practices and international standards, and eliminating unprofessional and unethical conduct.
The Senate has called on the Federal Government to utilise the N14.2 billion appropriated in the 2023 budget for the construction of the Nigerian Customs Academy/Training School in Bauchi.
This decision came after a motion sponsored by Senator Umar Shehu Buba (APC, Bauchi South) and sixteen other senators was adopted.
The proposed Training School/Academy, which is estimated to cost approximately N14.2 billion, aims to serve as a comprehensive “One-Stop Shop” operational center for the revenue-generating agency. The envisioned facility is expected to encompass various amenities, including an Administrative block, Perimeter Fence, Senior Staff Housing, Generator House, Staff Room, Classrooms, Library, Laboratories, Workshop/Dining Hall, Girls’ Hostel, Boys’ Hostel, Intermediate Staff Housing, Sports Area, Chief Security Office, and more.
Calls for establishment of the Academy gained significance in light of recent incidents of reckless use of firearms by Officers and Men of the Nigeria Customs Service, resulting in the loss of innocent lives. Establishing the Academy is seen as a step toward addressing these issues and enhancing the capacity as well as professionalism of Customs Personnel.
The Senate’s resolution emphasises the urgency and importance of building the Customs Academy in Bauchi to meet the growing demands of the institution and align with global standards.
In adopting the motion, the Senate mandated its Committee on Customs, Excise, and Tariff (once constituted), to ensure effective oversight during the construction and completion of this important institution.