Senate Moves to Reform Nigeria Customs Service as Bill Scales Second Reading

By: Michael Shuaibu

In a move to reform Nigeria Customs and Excise Duties, an act to repeal and re-enact the bill has scaled through second reading in the Senate.

The bill which was a concurrent, having been passed into law by the lower chamber, is to reposition the agency to compete well among similar agencies across the world.

Sponsor of the motion, Senator Samuel Anyanwu representing Imo East Senatorial District explained that there were serious legal lapses as the current Nigeria Customs Service does not have a legal framework for its existence.

“Mr. President, Distinguished Colleagues, you will be surprised that Nigeria Customs Service as it is today does not have legal backing to exist and even compete among its contemporaries across the world”, Iwuanyanwu noted.

Anyanwu added that the laws affecting Nigeria Customs Service which are in pieces would be consolidated into a single working document with a clear cut objectives that enhances their performances in the interest of the nation.

He regretted that the agency has been dotted with corruption in the past, saying, that the executive arm of government has understood that there was need to repeal the laws.

Part of the needs, Anyanwu emphasised was that it would allow electronic transactions for global best practices.

After few contributions, Senate President, Bukola Saraki stressed the need for Nigeria Customs to be dynamic so as to add value to the economy, while commending Senator for their understanding in the debate.

While referring the bill to Senate Committee on Customs, he enjoined the Committee to do a thorough job and revert to the chambers in two weeks time

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