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Politics Hameed Ali Dares Nigeria Senate, Launches Vehicle Duty Verification Code


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Nigeria Customs Boss Hameed Ali, has launched the vehicle duty verification code as against the instructions of the Nigerian senate.

“For effective and easy customs duty clearance verification, you can dial or send SMS to these numbers 094621597 with your vehicle C-number, the year you paid the duty and the port or location where the vehicle came through into the country.

The numbers 094621598, 094621599 are also provided for the same function to avoid congestion.

“Immediately all that information is given, just in five minutes you will get a response whether your vehicle duty clearance is genuine or not,’’ Ali said.

He said the essence of the numbers was to ensure stress free verification, to motor dealers and innocent Nigerian vehicle owners.

According to him, Nigerians misunderstood customs intention regarding duty payment on old vehicles, adding that the excise was actually meant for motor dealers.

He added that customs later decided to give innocent private vehicle owners, who after verification, might find out that their vehicles had no genuine duty clearance to take advantage of the 60 per cent rebate.

It would be recalled that the senate had asked the Nigerian Customs Service to put on hold its proposed plan to collect duties on all vehicles in the country, including old ones.

The senate noted that it was ideal that Customs dropped the move until its Comptroller-General, Hameed Ali appeared before it, to explain the idea behind the collection of the old duties.



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