After so much pressure from Nigerians and the Senate the Nigerian Customs Service made an announcement on Wednesday about the suspension of the implementation of the payment of import duty on old vehicles.
This suspension was 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.”
( Punch Nigeria )