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  • Updated: September 26, 2022

CBN Governor, Finance Minister Summoned By National Assembly Over Scanner Contract

CBN Governor, Finance Minister Summoned By National Assembly

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, and the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, have been summoned by the National Assembly over the state of the award of scanners that have been deemed not functional.

Emefiele and Ahmed are to appear before the National Assembly on Thursday, September 29, 2022, following the directive from the Chairman of the joint committee, Sen. Francis Alimikhena after an investigative hearing on Sunday in Abuja.

The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NSC), retired Col. Hameed Ali, will also appear before the Joint Committee on Customs and Excise.

According to Alimikhena, the contract was given to Webb Fontaine by the ministry of finance to provide the IT infrastructure for the Nigeria Customs Service for effective scanning activities.

Unhappy with the development, he expressed displeasure over the absence of the Minister, the CBN Governor and other stakeholders involved.

“We want to see the minister, the CG Customs, the CBN Governor, President of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF).

“We do not want to see any representation; we want to take a decision about Nigeria.

"This is about the revenue of the country. Webb Fontaine is very important in this matter, they have made serious money in this country", Alimikhena said.

 

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