• Tony Igele

Custom bill scales second reading in Senate

The Nigerian Customs Service Management Act (Amendment) bill has scaled second reading in Senate on Wednesday after undergoing a clause by clause consideration.

The bill seeks to establish the Nigerian Customs Commission and reform the service administration in Nigeria.

In the bill, a custom officer who is caught in an illegal act can be dismissed and imprisoned for five years.

This was amended in clause 250 in the bill brought forward for consideration by the committee of customs and excise led by Senator Hope Udozinma (PDP, Imo).

“Any public officer who commits or facilitates the commission of any offence against the custom and excise law on conviction be liable to dismissal, five years imprisonment and forfeiture of all the proceeds”

This was approved by a majority vote by the lawmakers.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, appreciated the committee for their doggedness in discharging their assignment while expressing hope that the bill will meet its expected purpose.

He said: “I appreciate the committee on customs for this very important legislation. This bill that we have passed on legal framework that would reform custom procedures and bring about organisation.

“We hope this bill would be able to fight corruption in customs administration and create an enabling environment in the business sector to thrive better.”

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