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Customs CG, Col. Ali, Bows To Senate Pressure

… Suspends Duty On Old ‘Tokunbo’ Vehicles
This was announced Wednesday morning in a press statement by Joseph Attah, Ag. Public Relations Officer, of the NCS.The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), has bowed to pressure and suspended his planned collection of motor duty on old Tokunbo cars brought into Nigeria, even before the advent of the Buhari administration.

Attah said: “Following the unnecessary tension generated as a result of misconception and misrepresentation of the Nigeria Customs Service planned motor duty payment, the leadership of the National Assembly and the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) met with a view to resolving the impasse.”

The suspended policy, which had sparked public outcry, had also pitched him with the Nigerian Senate. He billed to meet with the lawmakers today, but in his official uniform as NCS comptroller-general and not in mufti as he had insisted.

Full text of the statement:

NASS-NCS Impasse: NCS Suspends Motor Duty Payment

Following the unnecessary tension generated as a result of misconception and misrepresentation of the Nigeria Customs Service planned motor duty payment, the leadership of the National Assembly and the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) met with a view to resolving the impasse.

They both agreed that the proposed motor duty payment, though in line with the provision of Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap C.45, LFN 2004 should be put on hold while the Senate Committee on Customs & Excise interfaces with the NCS for further discussions.

While payment of duty on vehicles or indeed any dutiable imported item remains a civic responsibility of every patriotic Nigerian, NCS Management has directed that the exercise be put on hold while expressing readiness to engage the Senate Committee on further discussions to bring them on board to understand the importance of the exercise to national security and economy.

Joseph Attah

Ag. Public Relations Officer

For: Comptroller-General of Customs

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