AT LAST: Hameed Ali resumes, vows to enhance capacity of Nigeria Customs
New Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (retd) has restated his mandate to undertake reforms and re-structuring to enhance the capacity of Nigeria Customs Service to generate more revenue.
Wale Adeniyi, spokesperson for the NCS, said in statement that the new Comptroller-General stated this in Abuja at his maiden meeting held with Management of the Service on assumption of duty during which he 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. It is precise and I believe that is what all of you are here to do,” Adeniyi quoted Ali as telling the senior officers.
According to him, Ali also pleaded with the Management not to see him as a stranger in the customs family, noting that his mission in Customs is to help build and strengthen the Service.
Ali, according to Adeniyi, also solicited the support and loyalty of all officers and men in his collective approach to make Nigeria Customs a better service.
The NCS spokesperson noted in the statement that earlier, the Deputy Comptroller General covering duties for CGC, John Atte, had while handing over to Ali, 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.
Col. Hameed Ali (retd) was appointed Comptroller-General of Customs on 27 August, 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari.