The border town of Idiroko in Ipokia Local Government of Ogun State has become one of the headquarters of the two commands of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, in the state.
The NCS, on Wednesday, said it has unbundled its Ogun State Command into two; one in Abeokuta and the other in Idiroko.
The state’s Area Comptroller, Michael Agbara, who stated this, explained that it was done with a view to enhancing administrative efficiency and boost revenue generation for the Service.
Agbara, speaking at Idiroko, said the development was arrived at during the Nigeria Customs Service Board at its 50th regular meeting held on May 21, 2019.
He explained that the state would now have two area commands — Ogun Area 1 and Ogun Area 2, with different responsibilities within the state.
He further explained that while Ogun Area 1 would oversee the regulation and enforcement of all import, export and anti-smuggling related activities in the state with its headquarters at Idiroko; Area 2 would focus on the responsibilities of enforcing and regulating all Excise, Free Trade Zone and Parcel Post related activities.
According to the Area Comptroller, “It will interest you to know that the Management of Nigeria Customs Service has formally communicated a development directing the unbundling and creation of eight new Area Commands within the Service.
“Ogun Command is privileged to be among the beneficiaries, with a view to enhancing administrative efficiency and boosting revenue generation for the Service.
“The two brand new Area Commands in Ogun state are Ogun I and Ogun II Area Commands. Ogun 1 will have an area of coverage relating to regulation and enforcement of all import, export and anti-smuggling related activities in Ogun state with Headquarters at Idiroko.
“While Ogun II Area Command will be saddled with the responsibilities of enforcing and regulating all Excise (industries under Excise control), Free Trade Zone and Parcel Post related activities in Ogun state with Headquarters at Abeokuta.
“This visionary development is based on the outcome of the Nigeria Customs Service Board at its 50th Regular meeting held on 21 st May 2019,” he stated.