Suspend vehicle importation ban, Reps tell Buhari

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The House of Representatives on Thursday asked the Federal Government to suspend its new policy of banning the importation of vehicles through land borders. The lawmakers specifically advised President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene by urgently directing the Nigeria Customs Service to reverse the policy.

The policy is expected to come into effect from January 1, 2017. Instead of enforcing a ban, the House called on the government to ensure that security agencies manned the land borders diligently to enforce the payment of import duties and ensure the remittance of same to the treasury.

“The House further urges the government to install border security and surveillance equipment for effective monitoring to address the recurring menace of smuggling and ensure a maximum revenue generation on all lawfully-imported goods,” the resolution stated.

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