The Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali on Tuesday wrote to the Senate informing them that he would not be able to appear before it on Wednesday as he (Hameed) and other top officials of the NCS would be holding a management meeting.
However, the senators were angry that the letter was written and signed by a Deputy Comptroller-General, saying the action undermined the resolution of the senate.
Reacting, Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, explained that two wrongs cannot make a right, urging the Senate to be considerate in giving the CG another date.
Worried on the consequences, it would have on the legislative arm, Senator James Manager while disagreeing with the Senate Leader, insisted that Customs CG must appear on Wednesday in uniform as earlier resolved.
“Mr. President, Distinguished Colleagues, we must be careful in how government officials respond to our resolutions. I have been here since 2003 and we did a lot to build this institution. CG must appear in uniform tomorrow,” he said.
Upholding the resolutions, Senate President stressed that the resolutions for his appearance on Wednesday stands, adding that there was no way a management meeting of Customs could override the Senate.