The Nigeria Customs Services has revealed that only items imported by the President are exempted from the payment of duties or taxes.
This was contained in a statement issued by Mr Timi Bomodi, Deputy National Public Relations Officer of the Customs in Abuja, on Friday, August 6.
“We wish to reiterate that by law, only items imported by the President, Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, are exempted from the payment of duties or taxes”, the statement said.
Bomodi explained that government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) were expected to pay duties on vehicles or other items they imported, except where waivers and concessions were sought and granted.
“The attention of the Nigeria Customs Service has been drawn to a trend in the activities of certain Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, with regards to their import of vehicles and other equipment.
“The NCS wishes to state that except where waivers or concessions were sought and granted; all outstanding duties and taxes relating to such imports are expected to be paid in full.
“This applies even in situations where these imports were executed by agents or proxies on their behalf.
“The NCS is, therefore, by this notice sensitising MDAs; and advising them on the need to adhere strictly with import guidelines in this regard”, he said.
Bomodi further explained that contractors, who import and supply such equipment or vehicles; without payment of duties, would be considered liable as fraudulent importers.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has threatened to sack all the doctors on strike next week; if they fail to return to work, according to Ngige.
Minister for Labour and Employment Chris Ngige made the vow when he appeared on Channels TV’s ‘Politics Today’ on Friday, August 7.
“If you go to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Principles at Work, it guarantees a worker right to strike; but with consequences. Your employer on essential services, in particular, has the right to replace you. He will also withdraw your remuneration; and use it to pay those acquired when you were away.
“So, Nigeria being a member of ILO, in our Trade Dispute Act (2004), Section 43; it is there to protect both the worker and the employer,” the Minister said.
While threatening to carry out the decision ‘100 per cent,’ he said he would ‘escalate’ the decision Monday; because conciliation had failed.
“The law says if conciliation fails on my part, I can take it up through Industrial Court of Nigeria.”