The head of Customs, Hameed Ali, has insisted that owners of vehicles seized or detained will pay the complete duty with 25 percent penalty levy. In a circular signed by AOB Fatade, assistant comptroller-general, all operations units were asked to report action on this to the headquarters on a weekly basis. However, according to the circular, all vehicles seized and taken into Customs custody, condemned by a competent court of jurisdiction in accordance with the provision of Section 167 of CEMA Cap C45 LFN 2004, shall not enjoy the above privilege. Operatives of the service recently carried out an operation on a Fraser Suites, a major hotel in Abuja, and seized four vehicles.
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said that funding constraints to rehabilitate the increasing number of dilapidated roads across the country has become a major challenge for the Buhari administration. Speaking with the Senate Committee on Works, Fashola said that while it is the responsibility of his ministry to ensure that roads in Nigeria are in good condition, the inability to complete the various road projects across the country was largely due to inadequate budget and release of funds. He called on all stakeholders in the Works sector to come up with a hard decision on prioritisation of roads for completion and rehabilitation on the basis of social and economic importance to Nigerians. The Chairman, Senate Committee on Works, Senator Mohammed Aliero, had earlier suggested sourcing for funds through local and foreign investors by granting concessions for the major roads.