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Open all our warehouses for Senate inspection, provide all answers - Customs boss orders area comptrollers

Open all our warehouses for Senate inspection, provide all answers - Customs boss orders area comptrollers

Hameed Ali orders area comptrollers to open up warehouses for Senate inspection

- Hameed Ali, the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC) has directed area comptrollers to grant Senate Ad Hoc Committee access to warehouses across the country for inspection. He quoted the CGC as saying “customs has nothing to hide.

- Customs comptroller-general has directed area comptrollers to open warehouses across the country for inspection by Senate Ad Hoc Committee

- Hameed Ali assured the Committee of custom’s cooperation to ensure successful inspection

- The Committee members was said to have visited customs warehouses in Karu and FCT Command to see if seized food items were being wasted

Hameed Ali, the comptroller-General of Customs (CGC) has directed area comptrollers to grant Senate Ad Hoc Committee access to warehouses across the country for inspection.

Joseph Attah, the public relations officer of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) made this known at a press briefing in Abuja on Friday, February 2.

Attah said the CGC gave the directive when the Ad hoc Committee visited to intimate the customs boss about the commencement of the inspection of customs warehouses across the country.

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The NCS spokesman added that Hameed Ali assured the Committee of custom’s cooperation to ensure successful inspection.

He quoted the CGC as saying: “Customs has nothing to hide: our books are open and area comptrollers have been directed to open warehouses for the committee and provide answers to all questions.

“At the end of the day, we are all working for the interest of the nation.

“I was surprise to read on some national dailies that the CGC walked out on the Committee when members visited the headquarters.”

The public relations officer said the Committee members had visited customs warehouses in Karu and FCT Command to see if seized food items were being wasted as alleged by some observers.

Attah said the Service was operating on a presidential directive that seized food items be given to victims of insurgency in the northeast.

He added that the Service had been distributing the items to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) since 2016.

He pointed out that: “We have so far distributed 252,466 bags of rice and over 80,000 Jerry cans of vegetable oil, soap, ladies wears and shoes, among others, since 2016.

“The process of handing over these food and perishable items to IDPs involved some Senators who followed the national logistics committee to present the items to various IDPs’ camps.”

Attah said the Service had also adopted the e-auction rather than the manual process of auctioning.

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He explained that since the CGC launched the e-auction in the second quarter of 2017, more than 700 ordinary Nigerians had benefitted from it.

Meanwhile, We had reported that the feud between the Senate and Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (retd), resurfaced on Monday, January 29, in Abuja.

The trouble started when the Senate Ad-hoc committee on economic waste in Nigeria visited the Customs Headquarters in Abuja as part of its oversight functions.

We gathered that the drama was triggered by remarks made by the chairman of the committee, Senator Dino Melaye, over the way the Senate delegation was received by the Customs high command.

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