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Customs kicks against Finance Act, worried about revenue collection

Mr Ali argued that “if we are talking of collection based on the provisions of the finance act, we must be sure we still have the mandate to collect.”

• February 1, 2022
Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Hameed-li
Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs, Colonel Hameed Ali (Rtd.)

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Monday faulted the Finance Act saying sections of the act negate its mandate of revenue collection.

Comptroller General Hameed Ali raised concerns at an interactive session with the leadership of the Senate and Senate Committee on Finance held at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan had said federal revenue-generating agencies could generate N3 trillion annually by being prudent.

But Mr Ali argued that “if we are talking of collection based on the provisions of the finance act, we must be sure we still have the mandate to collect.”

He added, “The law states in Section 61(A) as amended that this Act and the law listed in the First Schedule to this Act shall take precedence over any other laws with regards to the administration, assessment, collection, accounting, enforcement of taxes and levies due to the federal government. It further states that except in cases such that tax or levy is a subject of litigation in a court of competent jurisdiction.”

He further explained that the provisions of the act, it meant the NCS did not have the responsibility to collect revenue.

“We have consulted with legal luminaries and the conclusion is that this act is confusing,” Mr Ali added.

However, Mr Lawan pointed out, “Now it’s not even about targets. You are saying that you don’t even have any legal mandate to collect revenue. This is a very scary revelation. When we are saying we need more and you are saying you don’t even have the power to collect money.”

Mr Lawan assured that the senate committee on finance, the ministry of finance, and the service would look at the act. 


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