In what might be seen as an epic reply to the directive of the senate, the Comptroller General of Customs, retired Col. Hameed Ali, has said that he was not employed to wear uniform.
Speaking to TVC on Friday, Ali suggested that attentions should be paid on his work rate, rather than his uniform.
“No! I was not appointed Comptroller General of Customs to wear uniform,” NAN quoted him as saying.
“Does Uniform work or the person behind the uniform,” he asked?
If we suspect that smuggled items are taken into your house, we have the right to cordone that house and go in to search.
“Am I doing my job or not? I think that should be what should worry the National Assembly” he said
It is understood that the legislators are pushing for drastic action against him over the refusal to suspend action on the proposed clamp down on vehicles without duty payment, as ordered by the legislature.
The decision by the senate follows a motion raised by Senator Dino Melaye (APC –Kogi), which drew the attention of his colleagues to the refusal of the Customs to suspend the plan against vehicles without duty payment.
The Senate had recently directed the Customs to stop the plan to punish anyone who failed to pay duties on vehicles within a month of bringing them into the country.
The motion as stated on a publication in Daily Sun newspaper of March 9, reads: “Customs dares Senate, says no going back on implementation of duties on old vehicles”.