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Wearing Customs Uniform Will Belittle Hameed Ali's Military Achievements - David Jemibewon

21 March, 2017, 09:06 | Author: Nadine Todd
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"The AGF has advised that no law compels a political appointee to wear any uniform".

According to Fani Kayode, the Customs boss was taking Nigerians for granted.

He went further to describe the Customs Director-General, as a fine military man who should not belittle himself with Customs uniform.

If I am said to be wrong I challenge the senate to refer to any law that supports the wearing of uniform by the head of the customs service who is not a serving customs officer. With respect to the customs service, its officers are required to wear uniforms in accordance with section 8 of the Customs Excise and Preventive Service Regulations which provides that "clothing and equipment shall be of such pattern and worn in such manner as the board shall determine".

Similarly, Haladu Hananiya, a former corps marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission, wore uniform of the agency following his appointment by former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.

This time, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, in a statement condemned the summoning of Mr Ali by the Senate.

A retired Major-General and former governor of defunct Western State, David Jemibewon has said wearing a Customs uniform will belittle Hameed Ali's military achievements. "I don't see how that will ensure competence and efficiency", he said.

"You don't expect someone who has risen to that position in the Army to wear customs uniform".

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) have threatened to sue the embattled Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) if he should wear the Customs uniform.

Deputy Senate Leader, Bala Ibn Na'Allah, who provided a detailed background to Ali's invitation, said that the Act setting up the Customs Service provide that the Comptroller-General should wear uniform, even as he said that the motion leading to Ali's invitation was moved by him, upon sighting the circular on old vehicles issued by the Customs.

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