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War-weary ANLCA beckons on Ozo Chukwura to broker peace. —-as crisis worsens

Eyewitness reporter

As the war of attrition in the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents(ANLCA) rages, the  brutalised gladiators and other members of the association who are apparently weary from the long-drawn war may have shown a sign of fatigue.

The crisis, which started about three years ago at the beginning of the tenure of the present National Executives Council of the association led by Tony Iju Nwabunike, has since not shown a sign of abatement as it has remained intractable.
However, some members of the association, especially those who are vulnerable and at the receiving end of the needless war, have called on Prince Ozo Chukwura, to step in to douse the raging conflagration that is threatening to consume the association.Prince Chukwura, a member of the Council of Registration of Freight Forwarding Practice in Nigeria(CRFFN), told journalists in Lagos of his ongoing reconciliatory efforts to bring peace to ANLCA.

” I was inspired by my desire for peace and the need to restore sanity to the association”

“I do not want any loss of lives because this crisis was getting out of hands and if care is not taken, it may snowball into bloodletting which I abhor.

“However, what really emboldened my resolve to take up this role of peacemaker despite the obvious challenges was when I went to Tin Can port a few weeks ago, I walked into  a group of young members of our association who said to me,” Oga you are the only one we trust to take up the role of a peacemaker ”

“They said they had confidence in my ability and capacity  to bring the two warring parties to the reconciliatory table”

“Alhaji Lungu was there, Lala and one Bamidele Shittu were all there. It was raining, that very day when they appealed that I should do something about the ANLCA crisis. That was the day they said the Transportation minister came to Apapa”, Chukwura said of what inspired him to take the role of peacemaker.

He revealed that even though ANLCA was not new to crises, “but this present crisis is quite unique”

While giving the blow-by-blow account of the genesis of the crisis, Prince Chukwura declared that the crisis was caused by the desire of one of the aggrieved parties to take revenge for the perceived wrong done by the other group.
He said in the course of his interaction with the aggrieved parties, he found out that the motivating factor behind one of the warring groups was to destabilise the administration of Tony Iju to avenge the wrong they perceived he did to them.”Chief Elochukwu called me by my name and said ‘Ozomena, We( he refers to the remaining five members of the board who the court said were not recognised but later got registered on one side and the other three before Aare Sanni Shittu died) are like bulls in the Chinese shop”

“You can interpret the idiomatic expression he used”

“He said their main aim is to destroy Tony Iju’s s administration, that he would not be relevant”

“They felt Tony Iju destroyed the little tenure they had as the BOT members through what they regarded as his insincerity of purpose when he was called upon to intervene in the crisis in the BOT then.

“They felt that by his attitude which they regarded as playing pranks, Tony allowed the crisis in the BOT to fester to his own advantage which eventually truncated their tenure”

” So they felt what they are doing was a tit for tat, a payback time”

“That is exactly what is happening. Any other things you are hearing or they are telling you is secondary”

“That is at the core of the present crisis.
This is the exact word Elochukwu used, that they are like bulls in the Chinese shop. You can quote me” declared the peacemaker.

Prince Chukwura, a one-time Chairman of Tin Can Chapter of the association and later the Zonal Co-ordinator of the association in the West, and now a member of the Owerri BOT said he has been to the top gladiators in the crisis in order to get their buy-in into his reconciliatory efforts.He expressed confidence in the success of his peace move as some of the main actors have shown positive signs of cooperation with his move.

“My intention, therefore, is  to cause a peace meeting of the two contending sides, together with the past Presidents who are available  where all these issues will be looked into and thoroughly debated and a consensus will be reached to achieve the desired peace”

“There is no one who does not want peace no matter how you pretend.

“Nobody has a monopoly of violence but it is essential we embrace peace because we all have children and relations.

“Violence has no ethnic colouration and is an ill-wind that blows no one any good.

“No  ambition of anyone is worth the blood of one member of the association”Prince Chukwura, who said he was neutral in the ongoing crisis, enjoined all the warring parties to sheath their swords in the interest of peace and development of ANLCA.

He said he was ready to sacrifice his position on the new BOT if that is what is required to bring peace to the association.
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Kayode Farinto, the Acting President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has enjoined freight forwarders to use their votes to bring in a government that has a passion for the welfare of freight forwarders in Nigeria.
The ANLCA chieftain made this call Monday in his May Day/ Sallah message to the freight forwarders confraternity.
Farinto, who bemoaned the harassment and intimidation the freight forwarders are being subjected to under the outgoing government in terms of multiple charges, levies and extortions, urged the oppressed customs brokers to use their PVCs to bring in a presidential candidate who will end the misery and sufferings of freight forwarders.
Consequently, he asked that the freight forwarders should mobilise at least five million votes in the maritime industry for a presidential candidate among the legion of contenders who will work for the welfare of customs brokers.
“The inconsistency in government policies is an eye-opener and we will enjoin our members to give the over five million votes in the industry to a presidential candidate that will be explicit on how to assist the Freight forwarding profession viz a viz implementation of people’s welfare policies their support and endorsements come 2023.
Farinto said the present government has shown a lack of empathy for the suffering and harassed freight forwarders who are even overburdened with all manner of charges in the face of an economic crunch.
“We won’t allow anyone to fool us like this outgoing government is doing.
“We are gradually losing our profession to foreign domination courtesy of lack of law that will protect indigenous practitioners”, he lamented.
While urging the freight forwarders to brace up for the reintroduction of the revised Vehicles Identification Number (VIN) valuation policy this month, the ANLCA Chief warned them to be on their guard against people who may wish to compromise the process to the detriment of freight forwarders.
“Let me commence by saying that, it is obvious that the NCS will be implementing the VIN VALUATION this month, going by the news filtering around us in the industry and we need to monitor this because people will not want the process to be successful may introduce things outside our agreement into the procedures”
“I have released the agreed procedures on clearance of Standard Chassis vehicles that fall within VIN valuation and Non-Standard chassis vehicles,salvage, and accidented vehicles a few days ago.
 “We need to allow these new changes going by all we go through in the hands of customs various units to clear vehicles in the ports”
He recounted the horrific process of a clearance procedure, especially of vehicles, which he said is laced with extortions by the Customs
 “Even when you take your valuation, many alerts are put on our declarations and it takes the grace of God and difficult conditions to get them out of the ports.
“As if that is not enough, you need to know the numbers of calls we receive from our members delivering these vehicles within and outside the Lagos environment.
“Many customs units will say, your values are compromised, it must be jacked up and many of us are at their mercies pleading that DN should not be issued on already exited vehicles.
“This and many more things are what we believe The VIN valuation will eliminate.
“Many agents have been given forged and mutilated valuation papers by the third parties and are left to suffer the consequences of whatever happens.
“We do not need all this to get our vehicles released and we promise to challenge any command that may want to use the office of monitoring to extort money from our members when this new process commences.
The ANLCA Acting President also promised that the controversial issue of the National Automotive Council (NAC) 15 percent level will be pursued to its logical conclusion through the involvement of the national assembly and the instrumentality of the soon to be inaugurated Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding Practice in Nigeria (CRFFN).
“The issue of 15 percent NAC turn levy will be pursued vigorously immediately after the Sallah break
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” And we will also ensure that the Federal Ministry of Finance is dragged before the people’s representatives on this matter.
“Since the CRFFN governing council may also be inaugurated this week, it will be our first issue to be raised at the plenary which needs urgent national attention.
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Farinto however said that before these lofty objectives of the leadership of the freight forwarders could be achieved, the members of the confraternity must be united to achieve their common goal.
“We must however come together to achieve greatness. An injury to one should be an injury to all” he declared.
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