The controversy being created by the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) refusal to wear the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) uniform seems to be taking another dimension as the CGC has maintained his stance despite the National Assembly’s directive that he must appear before it on Thursday in uniform. As usual, he was not in uniform yesterday when he appeared before the Senate .
He has insisted since his appointment in August 2015 that he was not appointed to wear uniform but rather to work. But many disagreed with him, saying wearing the uniform would provide the needed leadership example to also instill discipline in the rank and file of NCS. Others however said wearing uniform should not a hindrance so long as he does the job as CGC
Already, the Senate had told him to resign his appointment since he has problem putting on the uniform.
Reacting to the issue, former Comptroller-General of NCS, Bello Haliru, recalled that he had always worn the agency’s uniform while in office, even though he was a political appointee and not a ca-reer officer.
He said his position then placed on him the responsibility to rules and regulations of customs. “The moment I was appointed, I became a career Customs officer.
“I knew I must comply with all rules and regulations of the organisation I am leading and that includ-ed wearing a uniform”, he was quoted as saying.
Haliru was the first Customs CG to be appointed outside the service in 1988 by the former military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida. He was relieved of his position by former military Head of State, Sani Abacha in 1994.
Haliru, was also a former Minister of Communications from 2001 to 2003.
Whether, Ali will bow to pressures and wear the uniform,q remains to be seen.