BREAKING: Customs boss bans illegal checkpoints around these areas
- Nigeria's Customs Service boss, Col. Hamid Ali, has issued a directive to ensure free flow of goods in the country
- The directive came after a major initiative of the Ease of Doing Business initiatives of the federal government
- Col. Ali directed the immediate removal of illegal Customs check-points across the country
Col. Hamid Ali, (rtd) the Comptroller-General of Customs, has directed the immediate removal of all illegal Customs check-points, across the country.
He issued the directive which was contained in a circular on Monday, July 24, in Abuja, through Mr A.A. Dangaladima, the acting deputy comptroller of Customs in charge of Enforcement, Inspection and Investigation.
This directive was as a result of the mandate by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) which aims to make doing business easier for the private sector.
According to Vanguard, the directive states that any check-point beyond 40 kilometers from the border would be deemed illegal.
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“The 40 km radius applies only to the borders. Consequently, there should be no check-points with the ports”, it stated.
Also Information Patrols beyond that point should not last more than 24 hours at any given time.
The directive also said that only two check-points at Agbara and Gbaji are approved along the Lagos-Badagry-Seme Road.
Zonal Coordinators, Comptrollers FOUs, CACs CIU and other units were warned that they would be held responsible for flouting the directive.
The CGC is be expected to give a status update on its implementation at the next meeting of the PEBEC on August 15.
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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo recently issued some executive orders on the timely clearance of goods at ports and the removal of obstacles to free movement of goods and people across the country.
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Legit.ng earlier reported that Yemi Osinbajo on Monday, July 24, announced that the federal government would soon kick off the implementation for a north-east rebuilding plan.
The announcement was made via the official twitter handle of the acting president, @ProfOsinbajo.
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