The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) has bowed to pressures from the National Assembly, labour unions and concerned Nigerians to suspend the new vehicle policy directives.
The Public Relations Officer, Nigerian Customs Service (NSC), Mr. Joseph Attah, in a statement on Wednesday, said the decision was taken in response to stiff opposition against the policy.
“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,” Attah said.
He said both parties 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.
He said that 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.