… Inspects Proposed 100 Hectares Customs Training College, Government Warehouse, Visits Agro International Airport in Ogun
By Jerry Aguigbo
The Wale Adeniyi led Management of the Nigeria Customs service is demonstrating a deep understanding of the needs and aspiration of the service. Hence, in about two months in office, the Ag. CGC has left an indelible mark, working the talk to leave a lasting legacy with robust and proactive engagements, as he traverse the length and breath of Nigeria’s borders.
One of such engagements which the CGC undertook on Monday, 7th August 2023, was the inspection of the proposed 100 hectares of Customs Training College, Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ Headquarters, Government Warehouse and Agro International Airport at Iperu-ilishan Road in Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State.
While speaking at the site, the Ag. CGC expressed delight at the progress made so far while pledging commitment to be a responsible neighbour to the government of Ogun state.
In his words, “We are happy that we are going to be your neighbours, and I can commit to you that we are going to be very responsible neighbours; we are going to operate in a way that will make Ogun state proud”.
He urged the contractors to work within the time frame of the contract period as the project is going to be very strategic to the future of Customs operations.
“As we try to get our process right, as we try to bring innovation, we now need outstanding infrastructural support to drive these operations”.
“We are going to be very strict with the contract period; we cannot afford the airport to take off too far away before we start here, so we want some kind of development to be happening side by side; I believe that our presence here will add value to the airport just like we believe that the airport will also add value to us”.
On his own part, the Ogun State Commissioner of Works, Engr. Ade Akinsanya highlighted the accessibility of the area and the expected period for completion of Agro International Cargo Airport.
“The target for us to get this project ready is the end of the year. The runway is completely done, the control tower is about 90%, and all the equipment needed is completely procured”.
“In terms of capacity, there is enough room to grow, right now we have a warehouse under construction with a terminal building where you will be able to help us man, so things are taking shape and the governor is really pushing up to get everything done by the end of the year.
Comptroller Adeniyi, in the company of the commissioner, the project manager, as well as his management team, took a tour of the proposed Customs project site and the Agro Cargo International Airport under construction.