As a price for ending smuggling, Senate President Bukola Saraki has promised the Comptroller-General of Customs a new work outfit
He said this at a public hearing on tackling smuggling in the country
Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has, on a lighter note, promised the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali, that he would personally move a motion that he wears jeans and T-Shirt if he so desires provided that Customs ends smuggling of goods, especially rice into the country.
Saraki stated this on Monday while declaring open a public hearing on tackling smuggling in the country organised by the Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariffs at the National Assembly, Abuja.
Recall that Col. Ali, rtd, had refused to appear before the Senate in his complete Customs Uniform as directed by the Senate where he was supposed to explain the rationale for a planned policy directing that all vehicle owners in the country should pay duty on their cars.
Note that the senate had first invited Ali to appear before it on March 8 to brief it on the proposed policy for payment of Customs Duty by vehicles owners, no matter the age of the vehicle.
However, Ali did not honour the invitation on the grounds that he had a management meeting.
But, not satisfied with the reason, the senate again issued a warrant mandating Ali to appear before it on March 16.
On the said date, Col. Ali appeared before the Senate without his complete Customs uniform.
Instead, he appeared before it, dressed in white Cafta, white cap and black shoes to match.
However, Saraki, on Monday at the declaration of the public hearing on tackling smuggling said smuggling has posed a serious threat to President Muhammadu Buhari’s economic policy.
According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, Saraki also insisted that unless the monster of smuggling is tamed, efforts being made to diversify the economy from oil would not yield expected results.
“To the Comptroller General of Customs, let me say on a lighter note, that once you end smuggling, even if you want to wear jeans and T-Shirt, I will move the motion that you should wear jeans and T-Shirt,” Saraki said.
“But on a serious note, this issue is very important.”
“Customs must do what it takes to stop smuggling. These are the largest economic saboteurs that are ruining our economy. We must be able to identify them. They must be made to realize that we are serious about this issue.
“We must be able to sanction officers who are responsible for this and we must be able to reward officers who prevent the issue of smuggling. We want this Committee to sit down for the length of days of public hearing and ask ourselves what is the way forward.
“I can assure you that our responsibility as a Senate is to ensure that whatever recommendations are made by this Committee, we have to send them back to the executive because as I said, this matter is the singular greatest threat to our economy and to this government”, he said.
Funny incentive isn’t it?
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Source: The Sun