Nigerian musician Adekunle Gold has criticised the federal government over the increasing amount paid as custom duties.
He said that such high tariff charged by customs is “doing a lot of madness and crippling businesses”.
Taking to his twitter handle to vent his anger, he said:
“People are trying their hardest to do legitimate business in the country. Customs Duty is there doing a lot of madness and crippling businesses.
“Lord, make it make sense. Because I’m really tired.”
People are trying their hardest to do legitimate business in the country. Custom Duty is there doing a lot of madness and crippling businesses. Lord, make it make sense. Because I'm really tired.
— AG BABY (@adekunleGOLD) June 29, 2020
His outburst comes few days after Nollywood actress Uche Elendu berated the Comptroller General of Customs over the high duties placed on goods importation.
She decried the frustration entrepreneurs have to go through just to clear their goods at the hands of customs officers who would stop at nothing to extort individuals.
She further stated that charges placed on items shouldn’t exceed the cost of sales and urged the federal government to come to their aid to avoid Nigerians going into fraud to earn a living.
Nigeria’s import duty varies from 5% to 60%, averaging 12%. All imports are also subject to a 7% port surcharge and a 5% value-added tax (VAT).