Soldiers Can’t Generate Revenue – Senator Asks Buhari To Sack Hameed Ali, Customs’ Boss
Senator Francis Fadahunsi representing Osun East Senatorial district has called on President Buhari to sack Hameed Ali, Comptroller General of Customs over gross incompetence and poor management of Nigeria Customs Service.
The Senator made this disclosure during an interview with Sunday Punch. He said Hameed Ali lacked the capacity to lead.
He also noted that as a military man, Hameed Ali was trained to fight and kill, not generate money for the government.
“I told the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali (rtd.), that his border management is poor.
“You don’t need to carry guns and start running after those people who have settled your boys. It is wrong, they paid bribes to the boys at the border and they are still running after them now.
“The border management is poor and it has failed. The same failure is seen at the ports, and that is the cause of port congestion.”
“Soldiers are not trained to generate revenue. They are trained to buy ammunition and to kill.”
“This man met more than 30,000 personnel in the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), and today they are not more than 15,000 left, he has sacked all of them.
“If you see the fraud in the Customs now, you will be shocked, but nobody must talk. They make noise to cover this up, but if you go into their books, you will be surprised.
“Customs headquarters was awarded for N2.7 billion then, but today the project is going to about N30 billion.
“The project has not been completed but the furniture contract for the uncompleted building has been awarded.
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“Who is fooling who? If Mr. President sees what the man is doing, he will run out of the country.
“That is why I am saying that Mr. President should put a technical person from Customs there; if not, the man will run the place aground.
“The CG wants to recruit 3,200 persons and he paid N1.6 billion to a consultant to recruit 3,200 persons. The money is not for training but to just recruit them.”