Reps to limit CG appointment to serving Customs officers


The House of Representatives have reviewed a bill seeking to repeal the Customs and Excise Management Act and other laws governing the Nigeria Customs Service, following the withdrawal of assent by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
The bill was titled ‘A Bill for an Act to Repeal the CEMA, Cap. C45, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Other Customs & Excise Legislation and Enact Nigeria Customs Service Act, 2022 to Provide for the Reform of the Administration and Management of Customs in Nigeria; and for Related Matters.’ Part of the amendments to the CEMA was the restriction of Controller-General appointment to serving officers of the Service, which would make the current Controller-General, Hammed Ali, the last non-Customs officer to occupy the office. The review of the Act sought to reposition the NCS for improved efficiency and service delivery.