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ANLCA President mulls pardon for suspended members

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Tony Iju Nwabunike, ANLCA President. 

To pin down the elusive unity and re-establish the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) as the foremost freight forwarders association in Nigeria, the National President, Hon. Tony Iju Nwabunike, is extending an olive branch to all aggrieved factions with a pardon for some suspended and expelled members soon to be announced.

Iju said that the amnesty is not a show of cowardice but an honest initiative by him to move the association forward. “This is not out of fear or cowardice and therefore should not be taken for granted because under my watch any form of indiscipline or lawless behaviour will not be condoned,” he said in a statement signed by him yesterday.

He was optimistic about a resurgent Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) with deliverable values, especially at a critical time when operational hiccups such as Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) valuation, abusive collection of samples from imported cargoes by agents of the government, alleged wanton extortion along port corridors and within are rampant.

The Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) President pledged to work in tandem with government regulatory organisations and security agencies in line with the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) to ensure that the seaports, airports and the operations of the approved borders meet international best practices.

The President thanked members of the Board of Trustees, especially Chief Ozo Chukwurah, Chief Henry Njoku, Dr Farinto Collins and others for their steadfastness and enviable commitments to the growth of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) and the profession.

Sixty-seven-year-old Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has been bedevilled in recent years by crises and a plethora of court cases initiated by personalities with conflicting interests. With ANLCA mired in crises, incipient customs agents unions such as IFFA, NAGAFF, NCMDLCA have burgeoned and taken over the space, commanding the attention and respect of federal government agencies such as the Nigerian Customs Service, NPA and Nigerian Shipper’s Council.

The olive branch is a welcome development from the National President Hon. Tony Iju. However, it may still need a more pragmatic approach such as inviting, even nocturnally, the likes of Prince Tayo Oyeniyi, Chief Oye Ariyo, Chief Henry Njoku, Chief Peter Ogeh Obi, Chief Ernest Elochukwu, Prince Dayo Azeez, High Chief Dennis Okafor, Chief John Oforbike and a few others to a meeting to be headed by Prince Olayiwola Shittu, the immediate past President who took Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) to lofty heights.

Since he left office, the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has not experienced a full season of peace. Some have posited that Shittu holds the key to the much-desired Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) peace.


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