Ban on Vehicles Importation Through Land Borders: Senate Orders Customs To Suspend Policy
The Senate has ordered the Nigerian Customs Service to suspend its policy banning importation of vehicles through land borders.
At the plenary on Wednesday, the senate described the policy as anti-people with the tendency of impoverishing Nigerians more in the present economic recession.
In a motion moved by Senator Barau Jibrin, (APC Kano North), which was unanimously supported by members of the red chambers, the senate said that record had shown that over 500, 000 Nigerians would be jobless with the implementation of the policy.
The Nigerian Customs Service had embarked on the implementation since January 2, 2017 but the senate rejected the policy, directing its committee on Customs and Excise to look into the circumstances that brought about the regulation.
Meanwhile a statement by the acting Public Relations Officer of the Customs Service, Jospeh Attah clarified that the policy was made because of the porous land border, which of course had made it easy for smuggling to thrive.
The statement noted that 90 per cent of the vehicles that got to the country came through transit and that it is not good for the economy because the Federal Government is being shortchanged.
Commenting on the policy, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu urged President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to the senate and ensure that the policy is suspended.
He described the policy as unpopular, calling on the Nigeria Customs Service to stop the implementation.
To Senator Ali Ndume, the policy will kill so many small business, calling on the government not to forget its main aim of protecting the lives of the citizens and providing them, especially in this critical economic condition.