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Senate don Probes Customs Over N62bn Under Remittance

December 6, 2023

Senate Public Account Committee don begin investigate di matter wey concern di alleged under-remittance of N62 billion wey Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) suppose remit, as e dey for di 2017 Auditor General Report. Di committee, wey Senator Ahmed Wadada dey chair, don dey look di matter wey dey ground.

Di report wey di committee dey review talk say dem dey observe difference between di total money wey NCS talk say dem collect, wey be N691 billion for di federation account, and di real money wey dem remit, wey be N629 billion into Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) account. Di committee don give Customs Service two weeks make dem bring defense against di accusation say dem no remit complete money.

For another matter, Senate don tell Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) make dem show face before di committee concerning di $852 million wey operators dey owe. Senator Wadada talk say di committee no dey do witch-hunt, but dem dey try fix di issues wey Auditor General report talk about, and dem need make dem improve di system.

NPA wey dem don find faults for Auditor General report and status enquiry, go need explain why dem dey owe for terminal operations, estate rent, shipping dues, service boats, and other matters. Senate committee talk say dem dey vex say top NPA management no show face during di appearance, and dem give 48 hours to address di queries wey concern di almost one billion dollars wey dey ground. This one dey show say dem dey call for transparency and accountability for both Nigerian Customs Service and Nigerian Ports Authority.

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