Customs policy hinders eco-development: An experience from Nigeria

by Paul Krämer

Issue: 59

Journal section: General Articles
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Received: Wed 26 of Jan., 2011
Accepted: Mon 24 of Jan., 2011


The current privatised, customs duty collection system disincentivises rather than incentivises initiatives involving renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Nigeria lacks an enabling environment for the promotion of technologies which are of vital significance to the country. The situation is still very much the same as described by Oladosu (1994) where: "... the requisite framework for addressing household energy issues is lacking. Therefore, the sector's energy policy up to the present can be described as a no-policy policy". This may be an exaggeration. However, conflicting policy objectives lead to a lack of coherence. This gap is addressed instead by the policy of a private company charged with customs duty collection. The priorities of this company are at variance with stated government goals, and the ecological and social agenda of the government is not enforced. This paper describes the experience of participants in a Clean Development Mechanism project involving improved fuelwood stoves, with regard to the customs duty collection system in Nigeria.

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