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My Mission Is to Reform, Restructure Customs for More Revenue, Says CG Ali

The new
Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd)
has made it clear that his mandate is to carry out reforms and re-structure the
service to enhance its capacity to generate more revenue.

Ali stated
this in Abuja at his maiden meeting held with Management of the Service on
assumption of duty, charging the Customs Management to work with him to deliver
on the mandate given by
President Mohammadu 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”, he told the Senior Officers.

In a
statement, he was said to have 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.

He solicited
the support and loyalty of all Officers and Men in his collective approach to
make Nigeria Customs a better service.

Earlier, the
Deputy Comptroller General covering duties for CGC, John Atte, while handing
over 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 (Rtd) was appointed Comptroller-General of Customs on 27th August, 2015.

Born on 15th
January 1955 in Dass Local Government of Bauchi State, Col. Hameed Ali attended
Nigeria Defence Academy Kaduna, between 1974-1977, and the Sam Houston State
University, Huntsville Texas USA, between 1984-1988. He holds the Bachelors and
Masters degrees in Criminology, and the Nigerian Defence Academy Certificate of
Education (NDACE).

Ali had a
distinguished career in the Nigerian Army, during which he served as Military
Administrator (MILAD) Kaduna State between 1996-1998 and Colonel Training
TRADOC, Minna in 1998.

His previous
appointments include General Staff Officer II, Military Police Headquarters,
1981-1982, General Staff Officer II, 1 Mechanised Div, Kaduna, 1992, and
Commander, Special Investigation Bureau, Apapa, Lagos 1994-1996.

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