• Senate kicks against implementation
Within 10 days of the enforcement of ban on importation of vehicles through land boarders by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), about 10,000 vehicles are already trapped at the borders.
The NCS, in a statement yesterday, said vehicles properly imported through the same route between January 2014 and December last year were 209,691 with N38,551,569,751.00 paid as duty.
Meanwhile, the Senate yesterday resolved to ask the NCS to suspend further action on the policy.
The resolution followed a motion by Senator Barau Jibrin (Kano North) and five others.
Jibrin in his lead debate drew the attention of the Senate to the policy of the Federal Government to stop the importation of vehicles into the country through the nation’s land borders.
He noted that it was reported that the ban would lead to the loss of about 500,000 jobs by the people engaged in the business of vehicles importation and handling services in the border areas and around the country.
Jibrin said he believed that the economy of border villages and towns that depended on the activities of vehicles importation shall be adversely affected to the detriment of the country
But the NCS, in a statement explained that it seized 5,998 smuggled vehicles within the period with duty value of N10,271,734,415.36.
The statement which was endorsed by Ag. Public Relations, Mr. Joseph Attah on behlaf of Customs Comptroller-General, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), reads: “Curiously, Nigerians are being told that over 10,000 vehicles are already trapped 10 days into the enforcement of the policy when statistics shows vehicles properly imported through the land borders from January 2014 – 31 December 2016 was only 209,691 with N38,551,569,751.00 paid as duty. Smuggled vehicles seized within the same period was 5,998 with duty paid value of N10,271,734,415.36