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OGUN 1: Comptroller Ojo Hits Ground Running With Vows To Sustain Benin/ Nigeria Borders Relationship

By Roland Ekama 

Newly posted Area Controller, Ogun 1 Command, Nigeria Customs Service,
Comptroller Folorunsho James Ojo; has reiterated the service commitment to work with relevant stakeholders and communities toward the sustenance of a friendly business environment within the frontiers.

Comptroller Ojo who disclosed this in Ogun during the handing over ceremony, vowed to build on the mutually beneficial business relationship between Nigeria and Benin Republic via the Idiroko border.

He who also promoted to hit the ground running , took leadership reigns at Ogun 1 Customs Command from Comptroller Ahmadu Shuaibu .

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His words: “My predecessor has done a lot here; yet I know that all these are going to be like child’s play compared to the results he will accomplish at FOU Zone B, Kaduna.”

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Noting that the FOU Zone B region cuts across about 10 states, Comptroller Ojo prayed that his predecessor will do exploits and be duly elevated to the rank of Assistant Comptroller-General in the near future.

He observed that Comptroller Shuaibu’s greatness was anchored on support from stakeholders including media practitioners, thus, he pleaded for similar cooperation.

“Nigeria is going through a unique phase in its history and things are beginning to take shape, but everyone has a role to play and the press has a unique role in achieving the right national results. Let’s do it together at Idiroko,” the new Area Controller posited.

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The occasion was graced by several traditional rulers, youth leaders, security agencies as well as representatives from the Benin Customs administration. The event was characterized by varying laudable testimonies of Shuaibu’s productive era and humility at Ogun 1 Command.

 

In his farewell speech, Comptroller Shuaibu who has been redeployed to Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone B Kaduna, revealed that his administration was able to reduce the number of checkpoints on the Idiroko border corridor from 32 to 5.

He, however, noted that his major accomplishment was replacing the previous toga of Ogun 1 Area Command as a battlefield to a new era of peace and collaborations with zero casualties recorded despite colossal seizures in seven months.

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“We witnessed a significant increase in revenue generation and massive seizures with zero casualties. We changed the previous slogan of Ogun 1 Area Command as a battlefield to Ogun 1 Area Command as a peaceful place,” he remarked.

Meanwhile, Shuaibu encouraged officers at the Command, sister security agencies and border stakeholders to avail his successor a higher level of support as the new helmsman.