Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs Senator Francis Fadaunsi has called for The resignation of the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service ( NCS), Col Hammed Ali ( Rtd), over alleged failure to combat smuggling and generate enough revenue for the country
Fadaunsi made the call while fielding questions from journalists in his office on Friday.
He says customs as a revenue generating agency has no excuse whatsoever on its failure to curb smuggling across the various borders of Nigeria and generate enough revenue for implementation of yearly budget of the country.
He alleged that despite the huge sums allocated for curbing smuggling, various contrabands are in the market .
According to him, Nigeria’s huge borrowings in recent time, are attributed to failure of the revenue generating agencies like the Customs to meet targets .
Senator Fadaunsi who retired as Deputy Comptroller General of Customs added that the various revenue generating agencies, must be made to sit up
The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service ( NCS), Col Hammed Ali ( Rtd), had in his submissions before the Senate’s joint committee on finance during projections in the 2022 – 20224 Medium Term Expenditure Framework ( MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper ( FSP) declared that poor governance fuels smuggling in the country .
He Lamented to the committee that lack of required infrastructure like road , hospitals , Schools, electricity , portable water at border lines or communities engender smuggling and emboldened smugglers who enjoy subtle supports from Nigerians in the affected areas .