Hammed Ali should resign if he can’t wear customs uniform-Senator Adeola
Nigerian Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Mr. Solomon Adeola, has called on the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), to resign if he couldn’t wear customs uniform.
A statement on Sunday signed by Media Adviser, Chief Kayode Odunaro, said “We have had a Major General Haladu Hanniya as head of FRSC wearing the agency’s uniform as well as a Major Danjuma Maigari wearing even the KAI uniform in Lagos State all in a bid to promote agencies they lead. This is not the Abacha military era when a Sole Administrator was appointed to head the Nigerian Customs.”
Ali is expected to appear before the senate to explain his refusal to suspend the policy on duty on vehicles and other recent acts of the Customs.
The senate has directed that he (Ali) appears in Custom Service uniform and rank.
According to Adeola, military and paramilitary uniforms inclusive of ranks are part of the symbol of legitimate authority conferred on the wearer to carry out certain duties on behalf of the government.
” Except in covert operations, an officer in these organizations operating without uniform could be taken to be performing illegal duty or worse, be taken as not representing the institution at all. And as stated on the floor of the Senate in plenary, the Comptroller General is rank that can only be worm on uniform and not on mufti” the senator stated.
Adeola said it is regrettable that as a retired army colonel who should know the importance of uniforms, the Custom boss wants to demean and undermine the symbolic importance of uniforms, discipline as well as the authority it confers on the agency in its operation as a lawful body.
Senator Adeola said there is concern among officers and men of the Customs Service on the appointment of ‘outsider’ to head the agency as it is a morale killer, career progression inhibitor as well as damaging to the organizational growth of the service stressing that there may be need to amend the Nigerian Customs Act to restrict appointment of CG to career officers as is done in the Nigerian Police Force, the Nigerian Immigrations and the Nigerian Prisons Service.