Hameed Ali at the Senate
We reported some hours ago that the Nigerian Senate 'drove away' the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali, after he appeared before the lawmakers in mufti after an earlier notice directing him to wear his uniform.
Hameed Ali’s appearance without his official uniform on Thursday after his failure to appear on Wednesday, was contrary to the resolution of the Senate which asked that he must wear “appropriate” uniform to brief them over the now suspended policy on vehicle duty payment.
The Senate unanimously resolved to drive away and resolved that he should appear again next Wednesday in uniform, after the lawmakers took turns to chide the Customs boss.
“Coming was just one part of our invitation, another part is that you wear uniform. Why are you not in uniform?” Ike Ekweremadu, who presided, asked Ali, after he observed protocols.
Ali then craved the indulgence of Ekweremadu to refer to the letter forwarded to him on Wednesday, and after reading the content of the letter, he said, “this letter did not connote that I should wear uniform.”
“My not wearing uniform does not breach any law. No law, to my knowledge, that compels me to wear uniform. There is no law that says in doing my service, I have to wear uniform.”
Responding, Ekweremadu said Wednesday’s letter was “further to the earlier letters which indicated that you should wear uniform. So this is a reminder. More importantly, this is official. We have expected military chiefs and the Inspector General of Police and they all wear uniform.”
Here is the list of senators that "Sent" Ali out of plenary for not wearing his uniform we culled from Nigerian Senate's Twitter page (@NGRSenate);
"Sen. Magnus Abe pleads with the CG @CustomsNG to wear his uniform to preserve the image of the Customs and perception of other institutions.
"Sen. George sekibo says the CG @CustomsNG must re-appear before the Senate in his uniform.
"Sen. Barbanas Gemade @BI_Gemade seconds and says it is respectable and important for the CG @CustomsNG to wear his uniform.
"Sen B. Jibrin - "CG needs to go & apply the law of the land by wearing uniform before he addresses us, as stipulated in our constitution
"Sen. Ibn Na'Allah - The circular issued by the CG @CustomsNG stating to the Senate that he won't wear his uniform is derogoratory.
"Sen. Na'Allah cites Sectns 7,8 &10 of the Customs Act which states that the Customs shares same privileges with police and other instutions.
"Sen. Yayi Adeola @YAYIAdeola says anyone can wear the Customs uniform and appear as the CG @CustomsNG."