The senate committee on customs and excise duties during a hearing on Thursday questioned Hameed Ali for not wearing the uniform of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to show his designation as comptroller-general (CG).
Ali was summoned to explain the reason for the promotion and the sacking of officers without the approval of a board.
Obinna Ogba, a senator from Ebonyi central, questioned why Ali has never wore a uniform.
He asked: “Mr CG, this committee will like to know the reason why you are still in mufti close to two years after your appointment as the comptroller-general of Nigeria Custom Service,”.
Ali in response explained that his reason for not wearing the uniform is because he is a retired army officer.
He said it was against military tradition for him to wear the uniform of another organisation.
Senator Ogba replied; “this is how you people keep deceiving Nigerians on wrong action and still defending it,”.
Chairman of the committee and Senator from Imo west, Hope Uzodinma, faulted the decision of the customs boss to promote and fire officers without recourse to a board.
However, Ali blamed the ministry of finance for the delay in the constitution of a board for the NCS.
Senator Hope replied; “You claimed that the minister of finance is the one delaying the composition of the board, this committee will write a letter straight away to the minister, secretary to the government of the federation and attorney general of federation to put the board in place without any further delay,”.
“We are releasing you to go and sew your uniform while we continue with officials of ministry of finance and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).”