Autonomy: Reps move to pull Nigeria Customs out of Finance ministry

A bill seeking to repeal the Customs Service Board Act and re-enact The Nigerian Customs Commission Act on Thursday passed second reading.

Hon. Jerry Alagbaoso sponsored the bill, which he hopes will give the Customs more financial, administrative and operational autonomy as the second largest revenue-generating agency in the country.

He said: “it is evident that one of the factors militating against innovation and efficiency in the Nigerian Customs Service is the lack of autonomy in the formulation and execution of its operational policies without recourse to the Ministry of Finance.
“Hence the agreement with service providers is always entered on behalf of the Nigerian Customs Service by the Federal Ministry of Finance and not by the Nigerian Customs Service itself.
“This always led to unnecessary delays in Customs’ operations. In the ports, for example, in the event of scanners’ breakdown, or failure, the Nigerian Customs Service does not have direct access to the suppliers of the scanners because the service providers still retained the franchise of their repairs and ought to service or maintain them according to their agreement and understanding with federal Ministry of Finance.”

Contribution to the bill, Hon. Albert Adeogun appreciated all who contributed to this bill.

He urge members to support the bill noting that the Board the House is making effort to repeal is non-existent. The Controller-General Customs is the sole driver of all processes.

When the Speaker Yakubu Dogara called for a voice; the bill passed without dissent and was referred to the relevant committee for further legislative input.

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