Entre The Prolific Profile Of Hammed Ibrahim Ali : MAN Who Led Nigerian Customs Service To Rake In N4 Trillion in 4 Years
When Hammed Ibrahim Ali a retired Nigerian Army Colonel was appointed as Comptroller General of The Nigerian Customs Service by President Muhammadu Buhari on 27 August 2015, many doubted his competence or ability to turn things around at the Nigerian Customs
Today, the story seems different as under his leadership, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has been able to generated about four trillion naira revenue for the country in the last four years
This staggering figure was confirmed by no less a person than the Comptroller General of Customs himself, Col Hameed Ali (rtd at the 2019 International Customs Day (ICD)
The World Customs Organization (WCO) dedicates every 26th of January for the celebration and drawing the attention of the global community to a particular aspect of customs’ functions. The day is also set aside for Customs administrations to highlight its activities, challenges, achievements, and potential for national consciousness as well as greater support. Ali said that the service realized N904 billion in 2015, N898.8 billion in 2016, N1.037 trillion in 2017 and N1.2 trillion in 2018.
Ali confirmed that the ongoing reform by NCS and growing attitudinal change among stakeholders and officers and men were the reason for continuous rising in revenue generation. According to him, in the last three and half years, the service has carried out reform programmes that turned the agency into a high volume revenue source and stricter enforcer of anti-smuggling laws.
“Our experiences within these years have shown that with an increased level of compliance from our stakeholders and integrity on the part of all operatives, the nation can earn more revenue needed to build the Nigeria of our dream,” he said. The Custom’s boss said that smuggling remained a challenge that the service had been striving to combat. He said that the three layers security strategy – Residents Officers of the Command, Federal Operation Unit, and Headquarters Strike Force – had continued to make smuggling unattractive.
He said that within the year under review, 2,671 pump action rifles were seized in Lagos as well as 61 containers of Tramadol and other controlled drugs in Lagos and Port Harcourt. Alli said that the deadly items seized by NCS clearly demonstrated the service contributions to national economy and security.
COL ALI: A BRIEF PROFILE
COL ALI: A BRIEF PROFILE
Hammed Ibrahim Ali (born 15 January 1955) is a retired Nigerian Army Colonel and current Comptroller General of The Nigerian Customs Service. He was appointed to the Comptroller General position by President Muhammadu Buhari on 27 August 2015.
Col. Ali served as Military Administrator of Kaduna State, Nigeria (August 1996 - August 1998) during the military regime of General Sani Abacha He is married to one wife and has 4 children.
After retirement, he became Secretary of the Arewa Consultative Forum, a northern lobbying group, and a supporter of Major General Muhammadu Buhari in his bid to run for president. In June 2006 Ali stated that the North would regain the presidency in 2007. He supported Vice President Atiku Abubakar's comments to the effect that President Olusegun Obasanjo would honor his pledge to vacate office in 2007.
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