Senate Committee to summon Customs CG over revenue concession


The Senate Committee on Customs and Excise is set to summon the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col Hameed Ali (retd.), over the move by the Customs Service to concession its duty collection function to a foreign firm.

The vice chairman of the committee, Senator Francis Fadahunsi, who disclosed this  said the NCS boss is expected to bring all documents relating to the agreement he signed with the foreign firm.

The lawmaker said the committee is interested in seeing all the documents relating to the agreement and if the Custom CG refuses to honor the invitation the Minister of Finance who is the chairman of the board, and a centre point of the deal will be called to bring the documents.

Senator Fadahunsi said there is no amount of money the Customs Service want to generate and its personnel can’t do, if properly trained and monitored.

The Nigeria Customs Service statutorily collects seven percent cost of revenue collection and the lawmaker queries what the seven percent is for. The lawmaker said what the Comptroller General of the NCS should do is to recruit more personnel instead of looking for foreigners to collect revenue on behalf of Customs.

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