Hameed Ali Finally Accepts Buhari’s Appointment As Customs Boss, Resumes Office
Several weeks after his appointment, the new comptroller-general of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hammed Ali, has assumed duty.
Ali has since his appointment as the new CG of the revenue generating agency dragged foot of whether on accepting the appointment.
In our earlier report, we have detailed that while Ali was said to have been shocked by his appointment since he was not informed by President Buhari despite the meeting they both had a day before the announcement was made, he was uncomfortable with the title of Comptroller General, a source in the know said.
The source said Ali would have been comfortable to serve the Customs Service in a Sole Administrator capacity rather than a Comptroller-General.
But the retired colonel, following mounting pressure finally resumed office on Thursday with an affirmation of “his mandate to undertake reforms and re-structuring to enhance the capacity of Nigeria Customs Service to generate more revenue”.
According to Wale Adeniyi, spokesman of customs, the comptroller-general at a maiden meeting held with the management of the service, charged them to work with him to deliver on the mandate given by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The mandate he has given me are three basic things: go to customs, reform customs, restructure customs and increase the revenue generation, simple. I don’t think that is ambiguous, I don’t think that is cumbersome,” he said.
”It is precise and I believe that is what all of you are here to do.”
Ali pleaded with the management not to see him as a stranger in the service, stating that his mission was to help build and strengthen the organisation.
He solicited the support and loyalty of all officers and men to make the Nigeria Customs a better service.
“Earlier, the deputy comptroller-general covering duties CGC, John Atte, while handing over to him, gave him a brief history of the service and assured him of unquestionable loyalty of officers and men to work towards suppression of smuggling, increased revenue collection, facilitation among others, in the interest of the nation,” Adeniyi said.
Ali was appointed Comptroller-General of Customs on August 27, 2015.