Hameed Ali

Customs suspends controversial policy on vehicle duty

The Nigeria Customs Service has suspended its policy on vehicle duty.

This is contained in a statement signed on Wednesday by the acting public relations officer of the service, Joseph Attah for the Comptroller-General, Hameed Ali.

The Service said it put the policy on hold due to its misinterpretation and following discussions its boss, Ali held with the leadership of the National Assembly.

“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.”

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