The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) says the Service will partner the University of Jos in the area of Forensic Analysis towards building the capacity of its Personnel.
The Service has deployed technology in most of its operations and accommodates twenty-seven other Agencies, said Hameed when Management of the University paid him a visit at the Nigeria Customs Service Headquarters in Abuja.
But there are many challenges faced by Personnel of the Service when processing documents, he said, noting partnering with the University of Jos will assist the Service to improve its operations and ease doing business with it.
“Most of the duties performed by Personnel of the Service require the handling and verification of documents hence the need to enhance the knowledge of such Personnel in analyzing the genuineness of official documents in order to build an efficient system,” he said.
Speaking earlier, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Tanko Ishaya applauded the prudent deployment of innovative solutions by the Nigeria Customs Service under Col. Ali’s leadership which has established an enviable track record of excellence and positive transformation in the Service’s operations.
The Vice-Chancellor noted that the imminent deployment of the e-Customs platform as an automated system for effective and efficient service delivery would boost the Customs’ revenue earning profile including its role in providing seamless connectivity between Nigeria and its neighbours as well as its international partners.
Professor Ishaya stressed that Universities are primarily established for the purpose undertaking research to provide local solutions to existing challenges facing the communities they serve.
While observing that no outsider can provide veritable solutions to unique Nigerian problems other that the Country’s own Researchers, Professor Ishaya called for greater collaboration between Nigerian Universities and the Country’s public agencies in order to achieve accelerated national development.
The Vice-Chancellor said the University of Jos is in the forefront of adopting and deploying technology as a medium of teaching and instruction as well as facilitating its administrative processes.
According to him, the process of applying technology is dynamic and therefore requires multi-disciplinary collaboration which the University is prepared to provide to the NCS.
Books donated to UJ
The NCS donated books to the University officials at the close of their meeting says a release by the University’s spokesman, Aaron Abdullahi.
Similarly, a Philanthropist, Otunba Lanre Adesuyi has donated over Five Hundred (500) books of various disciplines worth over Ten Million Naira (N10m) to the University of Jos.
Adesuyi, who is the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Havilah Merchants Nigeria Limited, said the gesture was in response to the fire incidence which badly damaged the Main Library Complex at the Naraguta Campus of the University some years ago.
He noted that the University Library had impacted the lives of many young Nigerians who were seeking greater knowledge saying it is his modest contribution towards the effort to restore the Library back to its glorious past.
Otunba Adesuyi was speaking when the Management of the University of Jos led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tanko Ishaya visited him in his office in Abuja.
The Business Mogul observed that the time has come for Nigerians to face the fact that Government alone cannot fund education and therefore well spirited individuals and Business owners must rise up to the occasion and invest in the future of the younger generation.
He noted that although the UNESCO standard for Budgetary allocation to fund Education is about 26% of the total Budget, in Nigeria it has hardly ever been more that 7.5% of the total Budget.
He lamented that any time there was a move to increase Students’ tuition, they would threaten to go on rampage even though there was nowhere in the world where good education is cheap.
Otunba Adesuyi explained that his Company had therefore taken the initiative to periodically provide certain interventions in the Educational sector to cater for some of these needs free of charge especially in the provision of Library facilities in addition to the business services his Company provides.
The Philanthropist explained that he has a long relationship with Plateau State having begun his career as an Educationist when he worked as a Teacher at the Yakubu Gowon College, Sharam, Kanke Local Government Area.
Speaking earlier, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jos, Professor Tanko Ishaya said the University was truly appreciative of the gesture by Otunba Adesuyi to contribute in restocking the University’s Library resources being that the Library is key in every institution of learning as the repository of knowledge.
The Vice Chancellor pointed out that University of Jos Library consists of four major Libraries which are the Bauchi Road Campus Library, Medical Library Lamingo, Law Library and Naraguta Campus Central Library.
In addition, he said, there are Faculty, Departmental and Outreach Libraries which serve specialized clients.
Professor Ishaya disclosed that since the completion of the renovated work of the physical structure of the Naraguta Campus burnt library, it had been opened to Staff, Students, Researchers and the community, to support teaching, learning, research and community services.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, the new Naraguta Campus Library provides a creative learning environment for clients as it is now equipped to World – Class standard, and its operations entirely computerized with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.
He commended the efforts of Havilah Merchants Nigeria Limited for their work in supporting the Nigerian Education system and assured that the University will continue to partner the organization to improve the standard of knowledge acquisition, retention and dissemination among Nigerians.