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Senator seeks probe of Nigeria Customs over N1.6 bn spent on recruitment exercise of 3,200 personnel

The CGC, Retired Col. Hameed Ali

The Vice Chairman of the Senate
Committee on Customs, Ade Fadahunsi, has called for probe of the
Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, accusing him of paying N1.6 billion
to a consultant for the recruitment of 3,200 personnel into the service.

There had been complaints
concerning the recruitment exercise, which started in April 2019.


The senator condemned Ali’s
decision to using consultant for the recruitment exercise, an act he said the
Nigerian Army would never do.

Fadahunsi, who is a retired
Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs and senator representing Osun East,
had said: “The CG wants to recruit 3,200 persons and he paid N1.6 billion to a
consultant to recruit 3,200 persons. The money is not for training, but to just
recruit them.

“I asked him if the Nigerian Army
ever used consultants to recruit personnel and he said no. He said Customs
officers are corrupt and he is bringing in a consultant to recruit 3,200
persons and he will pay the firm N1.6 billion.

“Are you recruiting five million
people? The N1.6 billion is even in the budget and that is one of the reasons
the budget was being queried by the leadership of the Senate.”

Reacting, spokesperson of the
Customs,  Joseph Attah, said on Tuesday
that: “The N1.6bn Naira being quoted for recruitment of 3,200 people into the
Nigeria  Customs Service without the
details captured in the budget is quite misleading.
“For clarity, the correct figure
is N1,570, 769,000.”
Attah continued that: “This
covers recruitment process which is N300,000.000, feeding 0f 3,200 put at N2000
each, daily for 6 months amounting to N1, 152,000000.

“Then Logistics, training kits
and teaching allowances all carefully calculated to arrive at the
N1,570,769,000.00.

“It is therefore wrong to
attribute the sum to only the recruitment, excluding the bigger picture of 6
months training period.

“On the issue of NCS new
headquarters, variations of the contract that was awarded in 2006 can only be a
consequence of changes in the prices of items within a period spanning over a
decade.”

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