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NEWS UPDATE: Senate proposes abolishment of illegal charges on cargo transport

NEWS UPDATE: Senate proposes abolishment of illegal charges on cargo transport

The Nigerian Senate, on quarta-feira, commenced moves to halt processing delay and illegal charges on cargo transportation by freight agents in the country.

The choice to cease multiple charges on cargo processing and transportation was reached by the upper chamber in a resolution, next consideration of a motility during plenary on quarta-feira.

The motility titled: “The demand to streamline Import and Export Cargo Processing in the Aviation Sector” was sponsored by Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah (Kebbi S).

Rising under Say 42 and 52 of the Senate Standing Rules, Na’Allah famous with dismay the loss of in relation to N250 billion on agro-export of make in the country.

According to the lawmaker, the loss which translates to a ratio of 87:13 continues to affect negatively on the country’s economic system.

Na’Allah famous that there are in relation to 16 sundry charges for goods coming in or out of the country – with 16 in Lagos and 15 in Abuja – and many of them beingness unofficial and illegal.

He lamented that loading 100 tons of cargo on aircraft cost around $35,000 in Nigeria, compared to Republic of Ghana that cost just in relation to $4000 USD.

He said, “this has caused substantial harm to the Federal Regime’s efforts of stimulating Working capital Influx”, adding that, “airlines involved in cargo transportation have started avoiding Nigeria in view of the prohibitive charges.”

The Senate, accordingly, mandated the Articulation Committees on Merchandise and Investment, Agriculture and Rural Evolution, and Aviation and Customs to invite stakeholders and freight agents to come up with an acceptable template of processing Nigeria’s imports and exports.

Meanwhile, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has referred to President Muhammadu Buhari’s asking for the confirmation of Engr. Mohammed Sani Baba, representing Bauchi Province as Federal Commissioner in the Revenue Mobilization, Allotment and Financial Commission, to the Commission on National Planning and Economical Affairs.

The Commission is expected to covert the nominee and study dorsum to the upper chamber in 2 weeks.

Also, the President’s asking for the confirmation of 5 nominees as Commissioners in the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission was referred to the Commission on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes.

The nominees for screening include: Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, Ekiti (S-Westward); Mrs. Anne Otelafu Odey, Cross River (S-S); Alh. Goni Ali Gujba, Yobe (N-East); Dr. Louis Solomon Mandama, Adamawa (N-East); and Senator Anthony O. Agbo, Ebonyi).

The Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes Committees were also given 2 weeks to covert the nominees and study dorsum to the Senate.





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