Finance Minister orders suspension of $300m Customs modernisation deal


 Muyiwa Lucas

 

THE Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, has directed the suspension of a $300m Customs modernisation deal.

The directive comes on the heels of a resolution and letter addressed to the minister by the House of Representatives.

In a letter titled “Suspension of proposed concession  arrangement  for the Customs modernisation  project”,  jointly signed by Chairman Finance, James Faleke; Chairman Public Petition, Jerry Alagbaoso, and Chairman Customs, Yuguda Hassan Kila, the lawmakers described the proposed concession as “curious.”

The letter with reference number NASS/CHR/9/2019/JOINT/001 dated October 30, 2019, sources disclosed, led the minister to direct the Permanent Secretary to ensure compliance.

According to the letter, “the House of Representatives on Thursday 10th October 2019 at the plenary passed resolution No. HR132/10/2019 mandating a joint committee on Finance, Customs and Public Petitions to investigate the curious proposed concession…



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