Resign If You Can’t Wear Uniform, Senator Tells Customs comptroller General!
The Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) has been warned to resign his appointment if he cannot wear the uniform and rank of his position when he appears before the Senate.
Senator Solomon Adeola of Lagos West declared this automation in a statement on Sunday 12th March through his Media Adviser, Chief Kayode Odunaro.
Adeola also said it is expected from CCG Hameed to be acquainted with the customs and importance of uniforms, considering the fact that he is a retired army colonel. He emphasized that the Custom boss intends 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. He warns the Comptroller General to resign then if he fails to comply to the rules governing the system.
Comptroller General – Hameed Ali
He said the Senate Resolution summoning Ali to appear in Custom Service uniform and rank to explain his refusal to suspend the policy on duty on vehicles and other recent acts of the Customs was to protect the organizational integrity and discipline in the institution of the Customs Service as well as protect the interest of the people.
Senator Adeola stated:
“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.”
According to the senator, military and paramilitary uniforms and ranks are part of the symbol of legitimate authority conferred on the wearer to carry out certain duties on behalf of the government.
He noted that it is only in covert operations that an officer in these organizations operates without uniform and that act could be taken as performing illegal duty or worse, which translates to mis-representing the institution.
As stated on the floor of the Senate in plenary, the Comptroller General’s rank can only be worn on the designated uniform and not on ‘mufti’.
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.