Nigeria Customs Service has in an attempt to make life easy for vehicle owners released three telephone numbers that could be used to reach the helpdesk for immediate confirmation of Customs duty papers by members of the public.
The numbers according to the service are; 094621597, 094621598,094621599.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Acting Public Relations Officer, NCS, Mr Joseph Attah, on Saturday in Abuja.
The numbers according to Attah, are for those interested in verifying the genuineness of their papers or who intend to buy vehicles from dealers.
According to the statement ,“Any person can take advantage of this easy way to call and give the following information; and hold on for an immediate answer before purchasing the vehicle(s)- C –number, year of payment, command that the duty was said to be paid.
“As you are reading out the C- number on the top right of the Single Goods Declaration (SGD) and giving the year of payment and the command (where the duty was paid), the information is being keyed in for prompt answer that will enable you make appropriate purchase decision.”
The NCS, under the present management,the statement stressed was determined to explore all ways of easing Customs processes and procedures in the interest of the general public.
It could be recalled that the issue of payment of Custom duty on vehicles as being introduced by the Hameed Ali led Customs Service has been contentious with the National Assembly inviting the Customs CGC for questioning and even putting a hold on the proposed policy.