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Return on Wednesday Wearing your Uniform – Senate tells Customs Chief Hameed Ali

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Senator Ita Enang and Hameed Ali. Photo Credit: PUNCH

The Senate has asked the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), retired Colonel Hameed Ali to appear before it in uniform next week Wednesday.

This followed a unanimous resolution by the legislators after the Customs chief appeared before them without his uniform.

Ali was accompanied to the Chambers by President Muhammadu Buhari‘s Senior Special Assistant, National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang on Thursday.

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary on Thursday, asked Ali why he did not wear his uniform.

Ali replied, saying the last letter he received from the Upper Chamber did not state that he should wear his uniform. He added that there is no law against him not wearing uniform.

Ekweremadu told Ali that the second letter served as a reminder of the first letter to him, in which it was stated that he should appear before the Senate wearing his uniform.

Members of the Senate condemned Ali’s decision, and after a voice vote, Ali was told to return on Wednesday, March 22 wearing his uniform.

Ali was first summoned by the senators over the new order by the Customs Service for all old vehicles to pay their customs duty.

Customs offered a 60 per cent rebate for vehicles from 2015 below.

The comptroller-general had approved one month grace (from March 13 to April 12) for all Nigerian vehicle owners who have not paid duties to do so or face outright seizure of the vehicles.

Ali had in an interview, said he was not employed to wear uniform, saying that what the senators should be worried about is whether he is doing his job.

As the battle between the customs chief continued, the agency, in a statement suspended its decision to continue with implementation of the policy.

Photo Credit: PUNCH

29 Comments

  1. Ms. Lurve

    March 16, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Just wear the damn uniform and be done with it!

    • Jezebel

      March 16, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      Now they are just being petty but I’m loving it. ????. In the next episode of Hameed Vs. The Nigerian Senate (?) will Hameed wear the uniform?!

    • #Proudnigerian

      March 16, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      With his face well chiseled like terminator he reeks of sturbborness Ali will never wear that uniform. Why should this be a problem with the Nigerian senate they want to break him and he won’t even bend let us be watching.??

    • curious

      March 17, 2017 at 6:30 am

      Imagine the chief of army staff showing up at the senate without his uniform! While I don’t think the uniform is the most critical issue at the moment even with the customs. I think the man should just wear his uniform. For crying out loud he should be proud of the uniform and wear every time! Or does he feel bigger than the customs due to his army background?

  2. zzzzzzzzzzzzz

    March 16, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    I think it is wrong to compel him to wear a custom uniform since he is a retired army colonel, I doubt if this man would wear it.

    • Johnny

      March 16, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      I don’t think anyone who is appointed to that position is at liberty to chose whether or not to wear the uniform. I believe the uniform is an integral part of that position. If he has a compelling reason for his apparent distaste for the uniform, he should resign or be dismissed. He cannot be sneering at the uniform and yet love to enjoy the powers, the authority and perks that accrue therefrom. His attitude reeks of indiscipline and arrogance, which is not a good example for the men and women he leads. I don’t know why he is even putting on civilian attire (which I consider a “uniform” for us civilians!). He should still clad himself in his army khakis…up to his pajamas.

    • Anon

      March 16, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      He is the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and they have their uniforms.

      This has got nothing to do with him being a retired colonel.

      Okay, can he just swap with Dalung? Why does that one like wearing different types of uniforms?

    • Ify

      March 16, 2017 at 6:22 pm

      Haladu Hannaniya was a retired General and he wore the uniform when he was FRSC Corp Marshal

  3. nwa nna

    March 16, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    I really don’t get Nigeria, the man is a retired army officer appointed to oversee the Nigerian customs services.. This is another case of misplaced priorities by Nigerian elected officials…
    My question to the Nigerian Senate imbeciles is, how does the bloody customs uniform affect his job performance or the questions he’ll be answering during his senate appearance?! Man, Nigeria senate is a worthless bunch..

    • Careful now

      March 16, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      “Nigerian Senate imbeciles” Words have power be careful what you speak forth.

    • kilipot

      March 17, 2017 at 2:20 am

      Actually the uniform is an integral part of that position.

  4. dzy

    March 16, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I really do not understand Nigeria, if he is ashamed of the uniform he should not be heading the organization. He should not even need to be asked to wear it. A leader should present himself him self to be part of the people he is leading so they can by into his vision. Its not an insult to ask him to wear the uniform of the Customs, the staff of the organisation will have pride in their work if they see their leader dressed like them.

    • nwa nna

      March 16, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      @dzy,
      I don’t think it’s a matter of shame… He was never a customs officer, hence his reluctance. He was placed over the organization as a civilian, so I don’t get the bloody reason why he compelled to wear the uniform.. Wearing a customs uniform I don’t believe is mandatory to run the agency, and the Senate should be picking a fight with PMB instead for bringing in a retired army officer to run the customs agency.

    • kilipot

      March 17, 2017 at 11:09 am

      Why should a civilian be put to run a paramilitary In the first place

  5. dzy

    March 16, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    sorry of the errors on my earlier post. Him self*, buy*

  6. Nene

    March 16, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    He’s being petty. He should be wearing his uniform. That’s the normal and the least he can do since he’s in charge.

    • Anon

      March 16, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      I agree.

  7. Khadeejah

    March 16, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    @dzy i agree with you, why should he have a problem wearing uniform, be patriotic, if CMPT Ali feels he is too big to wear the custom regalia he should resign and give room for proud custom officer

  8. Las

    March 16, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    With all this obsession with uniform, I think it’s pretty obvious our senators are really into role playing…

    • Ms. Lurve

      March 16, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      Buahahahahahahahahaha!!!!! I can;’t stop laughing #FiftyShadesofSenators!!!!!!!!!

  9. Aye

    March 16, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Nigerians will never learn. You want democracy but you also want uniform. If the senate is as aggressive with important issues like finding ways to make the life of citizens better, then I think the country will be on a strong footing. When you have corrupt thieves like Deno shouting about uniform, we have a long way to go.

  10. Beard gang

    March 16, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    What do we call this one now? Legislative bullying…lol…but oga Ali, just wear the uniform since you are officially representing the Nigerian customs…ensure you don’t let them talk down at you when you stand before them…come late to the hearing…just do something to piss them off (they have being pissing us off lately)

  11. Ms_Oyinkansola

    March 16, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    If he is ashamed of the uniform or doesn’t like it, I guess because he thinks it is inferior to his army uniform then he should not have taken the job. He should vacate the office. How do you think his men will feel seeing their oga refuses to show himself in their no 1 indentity?

  12. Lentini

    March 16, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    This has to be the most idiotic thing I have seen/heard in a minute. If you are retired and don’t want to wear a freaking uniform, don’t accept the job, or resign based on your principles. No be your papa company, so you can’t come to a parastatal that is guided by ethics, rules and regulations to create your own rules outside the guidelines. its very simple sir, resign or wear the uniform…..Lobatan! Ko si ija rara.

  13. Diamond

    March 16, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Abeg, abeg abeg, if he feels too big for the uniform, it means he feels the office is beneath him, and so should honorably resign the position

    If you reject me, reject my gifts too. He loathe custom uniform, but enjoy custom money.. yeye

  14. Asa

    March 16, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Osita Chika as FRSC Corp Marshall wore uniforms and honestly he looked good in them

  15. Idomagirl

    March 17, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Why was someone who never rose through the ranks appointed to head the Customs?
    So none of the Ag. or Deputy Comptrollers who had spent years in the service were good enough to become Comptroller?
    They had to appoint a retired military personnel?
    This is how we destroy institutions in this country.
    No wonder under him Customs officers have left their actual duties to mount roadblocks in cities, harassing motorists & invading markets to seize bags of rice and other goods from traders.
    This country is just a mess.

    How will he wear the uniform when he was never a Customs officer? He has no relationship or attachment to the body.

  16. just imagine this

    March 17, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Just imagine all the officers under him refusing to wear uniform, saying it is the work they do that matters

    Imagine police officers not wearing uniforms, saying the work matter smost

    imagine cooks not wearing uniform/aprons, saying it is the taste of the food that matters

    ……

    All the appointees of Buhari are arrogant—the senate should deal with them

  17. Zedzed

    March 17, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    This is a clear cas of validating what Atoke said, “Nigerians majoring in the minor and minoring in the major”. What has his bloody uniform got to do with the questions they want to ask him?
    Next time we wonder why there is no progress in our beautiful country, we should re-read the comment sections of people agreeing with nonsense and wonder no more.

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