ANLCA members seek reconstitution of executive committee
The Alliance of Association of Nigeria License Customs Agents (ANLCA), Western Zone has called on the registered Board of Trustees of the association to set machinery in place to conduct an election into its National Executive Committee, (NECOM).
The group, at a press conference in Lagos, noted that the absence of a properly constituted committee, in view of the court restraining order of the prior NECOM, led by its National President, Iju Tony Nwabunike, has left ANLCA with an unnecessary vacuum, thereby creating confusion and acts of lawlessness; which it says is becoming unsettling and unbearable.
The group, led by the leader of ANLCA Western Zone, Dr. John Ofobike, expressed dismay at what it described as high level of impunity by the suspended national officers, noting that reconstituting the NECOM properly will usher in discipline and harmony, as well as the right atmosphere to steer the association on the path of progress and the pursuit of members’ collective objectives.
The group said it is constrained by the absence of national officers to steer the affairs of the association, owing to the Justice Aikawa court order, FHC/L/CS/921, on August 26, 2021, restraining all elected NECOM from parading themselves as National and Zonal Officers, respectively.
“The regular infringement and flagrant disregard of court orders has pushed us to show as a matter of urgency, the need for caution to avert proscription. Should ANLCA continue with this spate of abuses, it would present her to the eyes of the law and the general public as an association of irresponsible people,” Ofobike said.
He said the zone, in compliance with the order, does not have either the zonal coordinator or the secretary as enunciated by the ANLCA supreme constitution.
The group, however, called on its Board of Trustees to intervene by appointing or providing leadership in the suspended positions, to stem the tide of despondence among members.
Also speaking, the immediate past chairman of Tin Can Chapter of ANLCA, Segun Oduntan, frowned that the internal crisis in the association may jeopardise the freight forwarding profession and business at the ports.
He said the shipping companies and terminal operators would take advantage of the disunity among the freight forwarding bodies to continue their exploitative services in port operations.
“As people of like minds, we have been the loopholes and come together to move our profession forward. We lack credible leadership, we have no clear direction and we don’t have representations. If we have to continue this way, the freight forwarding business will no longer be respected by the shipping companies, terminal operators and the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS),” he said.