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Import Duty Payment : You must appear before us in complete Uniform, Senate tells Customs boss

By Henry Umoru
ABUJA— FOR shunning the directives of the Senate that it should suspend the proposed vehicle duty ultimatum due to begin on April 12, the Senate on Thursday summoned the Comptroller -General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali, rtd to appear before it on Wednesday next week.

Customs CG, Hameed Ali

The Senate ordered Ali who has refused to wear Customs Uniform to come to the Senate unfailing Wednesday in proper Uniform and not Babaringa or Kafta.

The decision of the Senate was sequel to a point of Order by Senator Dino Melaye, APC, Kogi West.

The Senators who spoke on the agency’s plans to collect duties on old and new vehicles already in the country, however condemned it, saying that such a directive goes contrary to the law establishing the agency.

According to the Lawmakers, the proposed policy was not only illegal, but lacked, what it termed, common sense, even as it said that policy which will not work, only exposed pure incapacitation and incompetence on the part of the agency.

It would be recalled that the Senate had on Tuesday this week, asked the Customs boss to maintain the status quo until he appeared before the relevant committees of the Upper chambers to explain why such a policy of government.

But the Customs on Wednesday at a press briefing said there was no going back on the decision which angered the Senate.


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