Private plane owners will be subjected to a new verification exercise for documentation, amid concerns they are not paying taxes.
Joseph Attah, Deputy Comptroller of the service, said at a press conference on Monday in Abuja that the exercise was necessary due to the country’s economic and security conditions.
According to Attah, the exercise would be carried out in strict accordance with the country’s legislation.
“The Nigeria Customs Service will be taking inventory of all privately owned aircraft in the country due to the reluctance of some highly placed individuals to pay taxes.”, he said.
To ensure strict compliance with all relevant regulations governing the importation of such aircrafts, this is necessary.”
“As a result, Nigeria Customs Service, consistent with its statutory duties as stipulated in Part III Sections 27, 35, 37, 45, 46, 47, 52,56,63 & 64; Part XI Sections 144, 145, 155, 160, 161 & 164 and part XII Sections 167, 168, 169 173 & 174 of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) hereby invites ALL owners of private aircraft in the country to submit their relevant importation clearance documents for review.”
The NCAA president called on private airline owners or their representatives to report to its Abuja headquarters with the following documents: the Certificate of Registration, the Flight Operation Compliance Certificate (FOCC), the Maintenance Compliance Certificate (MCC), the Permit for Non-Commercial Flights (PNCF) and Temporary Import Permit (TIP) (where applicable).
The exercise will take place from June 7 through July 6.
Additionally, the deputy comptroller disclosed that the service generated N799,024,705,961.00 between January 1 and May 30 2021.
The sum was higher than the amount generated during the same period last year, which was N226,110,610,991.00.
“The feat was made possible by strict adherence to all existing rules governing imports, exports, and excise in Nigeria, strategic deployment of officers, automation of processes, and an increasing tendency of officers and men to put national interest ahead of self-interest.”