In compliance with the Resolution of the Senate passed on Wednesday, the Comptroller General (CG) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali appeared before the Upper Legislative Chamber to brief it on the suspended Vehicle Excise Duty policy introduced by the Nigeria Customs Service. The Controller General appeared before the Chamber in mufti, an action that did not go down well with the law-makers.
The session which was presided over by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu had the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan move two Motions to receive into the Chamber the Custom boss and the Senate resolved into the Committee of the Whole for the Comptroller General to brief it.
At the Committee of the Whole, the question and answer session commenced immediately with the Presiding Officer asking Col. Ali why he appeared before the Senate in mufti; not in uniform as stipulated by the Resolution of the Chamber. The Customs CG responded by saying that, him not wearing uniform was not contrary to the Act establishing the Nigeria Customs service.
Other law-makers that commented or asked questions on the matter include Sen. Bala Ibn Na’Allah, Sen. Barau Jibrin, Sen. Ali Wakil, Sen. Magnus Abe, Sen. George Thompson Sekibo and Sen. Barnabas Gemade. Accordingly, Sen. Sekibo moved a Motion that the briefing be deferred to another legislative date for him to appear before the Chamber in uniform and was seconded by Sen. Barnabas Gemade. The Motion was put to voice vote and passed.
Consequently, the briefing was deferred instantly and the Senate resolved that the Nigeria Customs Service Comptroller General should appear before the Chamber on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 10 a.m. prompt in Customs Uniform.
Meanwhile, the Senate has also deliberated upon a Motion moved by Sen. Monsurat Sunmonu; coming under point order 42 to draw the attention of the Chamber to the demise of former Governor of defunct Western Region and Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna, Major General Adeyinka Adebayo. The Motion scaled through with three resolutions below:
i) The Senate condole with family of late Adeyinka Adebayo.
ii) A Minute silence was observed in honour of the deceased.
iii) Senate should send a delegation to condole with the family, people and government of Ekiti State over death of the Elder Statesman.