President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the new headquarters of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in the federal capital territory (FCT), Abuja, on Tuesday.
The building is located behind the headquarters of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in the Maitama district.
Speaking with reporters on Monday, Bashir Adeniyi, Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs (DCG), said the project conceived in 2002, cost N19.6 billion.
Adeniyi, Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Inauguration, described the building as an edifice consisting of three main wings, and a tower in the middle with 12 floors.
Adeniyi said construction commenced in 2007 following the need to build a befitting edifice for the service, the News Agency of Nigeria said in a report.
He further said that the need for more space, in view of the capacity of the service, informed the construction of the building.
Adeniyi said the building was designed and constructed by indigenous firms, sitting on approximately 25,000 square metres.