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Growing Apathy Trails Customs New Policy in Oyo/Osun Command

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By: Adeola Oladele, Ibadan

Growing apathy trailed the directive of the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali rtd., for the payment of vehicle duties by end users which commenced at the weekend.

The Comptroller of Oyo/Osun Command of the NCS, Mr Temitope Ogunkua said “for now, we have not really seen anybody coming to pay vehicle duty as directed by the Customs boss,” who gave a month grace for end vehicle users to visit Zonal Customs offices for duty payment.

Col. Ali had on March 2, issued a statement through the Acting Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah and approved a grace period of one month between Monday 13 March, to Wednesday 12 April 2017 for owners of all vehicles within the country whose customs duty has not been paid to do so or face prosecution .

The Customs boss consequently advised all motor dealers and private owners of such vehicles  to visit the nearest Customs Zonal office to pay the appropriate Customs Duty on them, as there would be an aggressive anti smuggling operation to seize as well as prosecute owners of such smuggled vehicles after the deadline of Wednesday 12 April, 2017.

Since the directive , the Comptroller has been facing criticism from Nigerians who described the new policy as callous which was aimed at creating chaos as well as suffering for innocent vehicle users.

The Comptroller of Oyo/Osun Command, Mr Ogunkua, while speaking with newsmen during a sent forth Christian fellowship service for the outgoing Public Relations Officer(PRO) and the assistant, Nwala Nkiru and Lomba Benjamin at the Bodija, Ibadan Command Headquarters, explained that only few people have been making phone calls to ask about the modalities for the new policy.

“We are still waiting for directive from the headquarters . But like the Comptroller said, we are supposed to start from today and do it for one month.”

“We have not really seen anybody coming but people have been calling us on phones to ask questions on the modalities but we are ready to comply with the directive without delay,” Ogunkua said.

Comptroller Temitope also advised the outgoing Command’s spokesperson to remain committed to excellence and hardwork which she was known for.

“I am very happy for her because of what she was able to accomplish while serving as command PRO . She came in here and she served diligently. Anywhere you are going take charge and let people talk good of you,” he advised.

The outgoing Command PRO, Nwala Nkiru who is resuming at the Apapa Customs Command as the spokesperson, expressed gratitude to the management of the NCS for the opportunity to serve, while promising to improve in her new assignment.

Present at the event were the Controller, Oyo/Osun Command, Temitope Ogunkua, senior officers of the Command, members of Motor Dealers Association and other paramilitary agencies, amongst other.

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