Nigeria Customs Suspend Import Duties On Old Vehicles. The Nigerian Customs Service on Wednesday announced the suspension of the implementation of the payment of import duty on old vehicles. The move is in compliance to an earlier directive by the Senate that the policy which had generated controversies be suspended.
A statement by the Acting Public Relations Officer, NCS, Mr. Joseph Attah, stated that suspension of the policy will remain until the service gets the support of the lawmakers in carrying out the exercise.
The statement reads in part
“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 Cap C.45, LFN 2004 should be put on hold while the Senate Committee on Customs and 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.
President Muhammadu Buhari had reportedly waded into the face-off between the Senate and the Comptroller General (CG) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd.), over the controversial ultimatum issued to car owners and dealers nationwide to pay the duties on their vehicles between March 13 and April 12, 2019, or risk having their cars impounded.
He did this to prevent a further escalation of the imbroglio brewing between the Senate and the NCS boss. Buhari on Tuesday cautioned his appointees to avoid any confrontations with the legislature that would pit it against the executive.
“On getting wind of the impasse that has ensued between the Senate and Ali over his refusal to honour its invitation, President Muhammadu Buhari cautioned all his appointees against causing disaffection between him as the head of the executive arm of government and the National Assembly,”
In this regard, Buhari was said to have directed Ali to honour the Senate’s summons to prevent an escalation of the stand-off between both sides. The source further disclosed that the presidency informed Saraki that Ali would appear before the Senate and pleaded that he be given the opportunity to explain himself.
“It was the media reports of the looming face-off as it unfolded on Tuesday that prompted the presidency to immediately step into the matter”.
Later in the evening of Tuesday, Ali made a surprise turn up at the National Assembly and went straight into a closed-door meeting with Saraki. Clad in white traditional attire, he was accompanied by three aides.