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 The Ragging
controversy between the senate and comptroller-General of Nigeria custom over
what it termed improper dress code in which the appointee of the president as
custom’s CG Hameed Ali had found himself in,is still flaring, making  the upper legislative chamber  to pass a new law compelling the president to
appoint an insider as the CG hence fourth. Also, with the new bill, the
appointment of any incoming CG, is now subject to senate confirmation.


The Senate has also scrapped the NCS Governing Board and replaced it with a Commission,
which will oversee the administration of the NCS.


The commission, when set up, will be headed by a chairman, who will be a
retired career Comptroller-General or Deputy Comptroller-General.
He or she will be appointed by the president, for a period of four years.

The appointment of the chairman of the commission will also be subject to
confirmation by the Senate and the tenure is only renewable once.
The Senate bill, tagged “A Bill for an Act to repeal the Customs and Excise
Management Act, to establish the Nigeria Customs Service, reform the
administration and management of Customs and Excise in Nigeria”, was passed,
following adoption of a report by the Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff.
On the appointment of the CG, section 13 of the Bill makes it very clear that
only a serving officer would be qualified to be so appointed.

“The president shall appoint from the Customs Service, subject to the
confirmation of the Senate, a Comptroller General who shall be responsible for
the overall management of the Customs Service.” The bill also said that the
Customs CG shall execute policies and decisions of the commission.
Senate explained that the office of the CG is sufficiently sensitive to warrant
scrutiny by the Senate and, therefore, ensure that best possible candidate
occupies that position.

The commission would be responsible for managing policies of the NCS, or
matters pertaining to administration, assessment, collection and accounting for
revenues, as may be directed by the Minister of Finance from time to time.
It would also be responsible for managing all issues relating to employment,
training, welfare, and discipline of officers of the NCS, with the approval of
the appropriate authority of the Federal Government.  The bill
consolidates into a single reference document, the NCS legal authority which is
scattered in multiple enactment, and to bring the Customs and Excise Management
Act (CEMA) 1958, in line with modern day reality and international best
practices.


Committee Chairman Senator Hope Uzodinma, explained that the Service would also
be financed from a seven percent cost of collection of import duty, excise and
fees, special levies, revenues derived from assessment and collection of cost
based user fees, and from budgetary provisions.
He said: “The new bill will substantially enhance revenue generation and
facilitate trade through full implementation of modern customs procedures that
will evolve consistent, transparent and predictable environment for
international trade in line with internally accepted norms and practices.
Uzodinma added that the bill would also ensure pre-shipment and post shipment
inspection at point of origin, and destination, to reduce the incidence of
import of dangerous items.
“It strengthens the full implementation of pre-shipment laws of the country
through the provisions for screening as a prerequisite for clearing goods into
the country not only adds to the expedited clearing system, but empirically
improves the security of the nation by minimizing the unfettered access into
the country of illicit goods, prohibited narcotics, proliferation of small arms
and toxic cargoes,” he submits.

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