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Customs CG bans check-points beyond 40 km to borders; removal of illegal points

In his determination to ensure government’s objective towards an easier business environment, Comptroller-General of Customs, (CGC) Col. Hameed Ali, (rtd) has banned all check-points beyond 40 kilometers to Nigeria’s borders just as he ordered the immediate removal of all illegal points throughout the country.

The directive was contained in a circular CNS/ENF/ABJ/032/S.35, issued yesterday, in Abuja, by the Acting Deputy Comptroller of Customs in charge of Enforcement, Inspection and Investigation, Mr. A.A. Dan Galadima.

He said that the circular was sequel to the directive of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) in the present administration’s determination to make doing business easier for the private sector, considered as the engine of growth.

The circular said any check-point beyond 40 kilometers from the border would be deemed illegal.

 It said, “The 40 km radius applies only to the borders. Consequently, there should be no check-points with the ports”.

It also said that Information Patrols beyond that point should not last more than 224 hours at any given time.

 According to the circular, only two check-points at Agbara and Gbaji are approved along the Lagos-Badagry-Seme Road.

 It warned that Zonal Coordinators, Comptrollers FOUs, CACs CIU and other units would be held responsible for flouting the directive.

 Recall that on July 18, 2017, a memo was sent to the CGC by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Industry, Trade and Investment (Office of the Vice President), Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, who is also the Secretary of the PEBEC, directing the immediate implementation of the new reform initiative.

 She said the CGC is also be expected to give a status update on its implementation at the next meeting of the PEBEC on August 15.

 Timely clearance of goods at ports and the removal of obstacles to free movement of goods and people across the country is a cardinal objective of the Ease of Doing Business initiatives of the federal government.

 This has been cited as reasons why the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo recently signed and issued some Executive Orders.

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