Customs, FIRS, Road Safety and Motor Licensing Authority collaborates on Vehicle Identification Number Scheme.

Customs, FIRS, Road Safety and Motor Licensing Authority collaborates on Vehicle Identification Number Scheme

The need for stronger collaboration against smuggling of vehicles, security and blockage revenue leakages was the centre of discussion yesterday when Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Federal Road Safety Corp and Motor Licensing Authority commenced a workshop on the integration of National Vehicle Identification System.
The opening ceremony, which was held at the Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada was attended by the Honourable Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd), Corp Marshal of FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi MFR, mni, Secretary of JTB/Representative of IG of Police, AIG Usman Baba Alkali and Alh. Mohammed Abubakar Representive of Executive Chairman FIRS.
According to the Honourable Minister of Finance, this initiative is a clear departure from the past when heads of Agencies were reluctant to work together to collapse unnecessary bureaucracies for common good.
The Minister also emphasized that the new scheme would not only reduce smuggling activities but also, boost security and revenue to deliver on the change programme of the Present administration.
She further explained that the new system, “Provides an identity for each vehicle in Nigeria which will be linked to proof of ownership and connected to a central database. Also Original Manufacturers will be aware of the vehicles imported into Nigeria, a process that will aid and extend international safety recalls in Nigeria”.
In his own remarks, the Comptroller-General of Customs expressed conviction that the new collaboration on Vehicle Registration Scheme will infuse complete sanity in the Nigerian system and make smuggled and stolen vehicles unattractive to buyers.
The CGC assured Nigerians that the Service will strengthen machineries against corrupt practices among customs officers and will ensure that officers found guilty of criminal collusion, bribery and corruption face prosecution.


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