For refusing to wear official Customs Service uniforms, two years after he was appointed the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the Senate Committee on Customs said on Thursday that Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) ought to have been made a sole administrator rather than a CG.
“The incumbent Comptroller-General of Customs is supposed to have been designated as Sole Administrator and not the Comptroller-General of Customs since he is not ready to wear uniform depicting the office and rank of that position,” the Committee asserted at an interactive session with the Custom and Excise Duties, Ministry of Finance and Central Bank of Nigeria.
The committee stated that the provisions of the Nigeria Customs Service was unequivocal on the uniform of the CG.
A member of the Committee, Senator Obinna Ogba (PDP Ebonyi Central), stated that it wasn’t professional for the DG to be wearing mufti two years after he resumed the role.
“Mr. CG, this committee will like to know the reason why you are still in mufti close to two years after your appointment as the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service,” he said.
Afterwards, the committee chairman, Senator Hope Uzodinma (PDP Imo West) told Ali that the committee was “releasing you to go and sew your uniform while we continue with officials of Ministry of Finance and Central Bank.”
The Senate Committee confirmed that bills were in the pipeline, aimed at amending the operations of the agencies under its watch.
Uzodinma queried the delay in the composition of a board, years after the previous board was dissolved. He promised to write the Minister of Finance to speedily constitute a board for the service.
“You claimed that the Minister of Finance is the one delaying the composition of the board, this committee will write a letter straight away to the Minister, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Attorney General of Federation to put the board in place without any further delay,” he said.