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Senate passes bill to re-enact Customs Act, establish NCS Board

Senate passes bill to re-enact Customs Act, establish NCS Board



Senate Passes Bill to Re-enact Customs Act, Establish NCS Board


The Senate on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 passed into law a Bill that seeks to repeal and re-enact the Customs and Excise Management Act 2004.The passage of the Bill followed the presentation of its report by the Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariffs before the Senate for consideration.


Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Francis Alimikhena (Edo North), in his presentation, said the Bill will amongst other things, seek to assist the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) administration in driving economic growth and trade facilitation.


He added that the Bill when signed into law would make the NCS a legal entity under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning with a Board to serve Nigerians and facilitate international trade. 


According to him, the Bill which has 283 clauses, also seeks to bring the Customs and Excise Management Act 2004 in line with modern day Customs Operations globally; and provide for the NCS a consolidated single legal reference document instead of multiple enactments.


The lawmaker noted that the piece of legislation also makes provision for the use of electronic documents, electronic payments and other information technology that are applicable to modern Customs Administration.


On conclusion of the Bill’s clause-by-clause consideration by the Committee of the Whole, it was read the Third Time and Passed. 




Dr. Ezrel Tabiowo, FAI, FIMC, CMC, FCP, Fsca


Special Assistant (Press)

To President of the Senate 


Wednesday, May 11, 2022.


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