Working synergy: Compt Ngozi tours border communities
*Embarks on over 8 hours trip to Saki, Odo
By Udeme Clement:
In a bid to stem the tide on illicit trade and foster a stronger working synergy with host communities, the Customs Area Controller, CAC, of Oyo/Osun Command, Compt H. U. Ngozi, has embarked on a tour of border communities linking Nigeria and other neighbouring countries.
The tour led by Compt Ngozi herself took over eight hours yesterday.
The first point of call was Saki community, where the CAC and her team met the Traditional Ruler, HRM Okere of Saki, who allocated 4,338 hectares of land to the Service for residential area.
Compt Ngozi and the Traditional Ruler discussed measures needed to promote a good working synergy between the community and Customs.
She focused on the need for members of the community to shun smuggling and engage in legitimate trade capable of enhancing economic growth and Industrial development.
That was not all. Compt Ngozi moved from Saki to another community called Odo, which took about seven hours drive.
During the trip, it was observed that the team was almost in Benin Republic, because only a small river divides Odo and the neighbouring country.
At Odo, the traditional Ruler, who received the CAC enthusiastically, described her visit as the first of its kind coming from a female CAC in the history of Oyo/Osun Command.
The Traditional Ruler also allocated four Acres of land for the Command to ensure Customs presence at the area.
The tour was very tasking but successful, as Compt Ngozi also met HRM Iba of Kishi, where 2,429 hectares, (equivalent to 6 Acres of land) were allocated to the Service.
Compt Ngozi and her team also visited Olu-Ibadan and Soung of Ogbomoso.
More so, what stands Oyo/Osun Command of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, out from other formations is the operational terrain.
The Command has various out-stations that are very far apart, even up to the border communities linking Nigeria and other countries.
In fact, carrying out effective anti-smuggling duties to curtail illicit trade within the Command’s area of operations requires vigilance, tenacity and assiduousness, which the CAC and her team are displaying.