- The comptroller general of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali, commended President Buhari
- He praised the president’s anti-corruption crusade, economic policies, agricultural programmes, amongst others
- The Customs boss, commending President Buhari’s rice initiative, said only lazy Nigerians will be hungry
The comptroller general of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali, said on Tuesday, May 22, that only lazy Nigerians would be hungry.
He made the remark when he led the Buhari Support Organization to visit President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Nation reports.
He said: “Mr. President, on the economy, today our economy has grown all because of the discipline you have instilled in the financial sector. All those non-challenging attitudes, all those days of siphoning money are no longer feasible. I tell you Mr. President and I use myself as an example, way back I use to get some funds and I used to use it and buy rice and give to some people.
“Mr. President today, I have to ration the rice. That is a fiscal discipline. Now, I know how to cut my coat according to my size and that is all because of you Mr. President. What else can we ask for?
“Mr. President, those of us that you gave trust and asked us to go out and work, today, we are working. We are deriving, not because of anything especially in areas like ours, where we step on big men’s toes, we do that because we know nobody will come and ask you to talk us and ask us to stop what we are doing.
“Mr. President, one area that I know touches your heart is that today we are about reaching our rice requirement in Nigeria. Today we are seeing physically where people are rejecting foreign rice for local rice, today. Mr. President if you go to some of our houses, what you will see is local rice and that is wealth for our people.
“Last year, during the Hajj period when I went home, many farmers came to me that they have never had it so good, so much so that the first 25 people that paid up their money when Hajj fare was announced were rice farmers. What more can we say in terms of growth of wealth?
“People say we are hungry, of course, the lazy must be hungry because if you do not work hard, manna doesn’t fall from heaven. So when people say we are hungry, there was never a time in Nigeria that food dropped in the mouth of the people and there can never be.
“I can go on and on and enumerate what you have done in just three years of your administration. But three is not enough to undo what was done in 16 years. The destruction, the monumental stealing that we have witnessed, the destruction of our structures and our system, it will take more than eight years to be able to address them and I believe in three years you have done wonderfully well.”
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NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigeria Customs Service set a revenue target of N1.5 trillion for 2018. The Customs boss disclosed this at the first management meeting for 2018 held in Abuja.
A statement by Joseph Attah, customs' public relation officer, on Monday, January 15, said that in 2017, the service generated N1.37 trillion, surpassing the year’s target of N770.57 billion.
The statement also said the promotion of officers, which would soon be approved by the board and the review of salaries, payment of bonus to Customs officials, were discussed.
It added that in the meantime, 577 officers were retired according to a circular titled Circular No/Hrd/2017/003-List of Officers/Men for Statutory Retirement in the Year 2018 and signed by Sulaiman, comptroller establishments.
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