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RORO activities at Tin Can ports grind to halt

RORO operation
—- as agents’ strike action bites harder
—-terminal operators rule out demurrage waivers
Eyewitness reporter
The ongoing strike action by the Customs brokers who are protesting the VIN policy of the Customs may have ground the Roll- on- Roll- Off(RORO) operations at the Tin can ports, thus raising fears of looming congestion.
The two   RORO facilities at the Ports and Terminals Multiservices Limited (PTML) and the Five-star Logistics Terminals are already filled to the brim over the failure of the protesting clearing agents to take delivery of their motorized cargo.
It could be recalled that the impasse was sparked off by the introduction and implementation of the controversial Vehicles Identification Number (VIN) valuation policy which the aggrieved agents alleged has raised the valuation of vehicles to over 300 percent.
As a result of this, they abandoned their vehicles at these Terminals since Monday, February 21st, when the strike action commenced.
However, the operators of the RORO facilities at the PTML and Five Star Logistics, have expressed frustration over the ongoing strike action, saying it has stalled clearance procedures of vehicles and hampered the incoming vessels from discharging their cargo.
Tunde Keshinro, the General Manager of PTML, lamented that the terminal was battling to create vehicle slots for incoming ships.

“The strike has affected delivery and once delivery is affected, the terminal is unable to deliver and discharge vehicles and when you are unable to discharge vehicles in the terminal, then vessels arriving will not be able to discharge and the terminal will get congested” Keshinro lamented.
He, however, appealed to the Customs and clearing agents to sheath their sword to return sanity back to his terminal which he claimed has the capacity to handle over 10,000 units of vehicles.
Keshinro, however, dismissed the possibility of the terminal granting waivers to importers and clearing agents on account of the strike action, saying the terminal was not the cause of the action.
“We are engaging Customs and clearing agents and we will also appeal to them to consider the overall interests of the trade and find a way to reach an agreement.
” We are appealing to them to find an amicable way of resolving the issue.”

On the issue of waivers, Keshinro dismissed the notion.

 “The issue of waiver is not at the final position because it’s a continuous process because the issue is not directly in the hand of the terminal and neither are we responsible so, the terminal is open to its options and no final position taken yet.
Speaking in the same vein, Mr. Chucks Okereafor, the Customer Care Manager of Five Star Logistics, bemoaned the impact of the ongoing strike action which he said has led to increasing numbers of uncleared vehicles that have jammed packed the facility.
He, however, noted that the saving grace for the terminal was that it is not expecting any vessel until the first week of March 2022.

“As far as I am concerned, no tangible operation is going on at the RORO side of the terminal and because cargoes cannot leave the terminal, there will be congestion but, we are lucky that our RORO vessels are coming in the first week of March. Definitely, it will affect us as there will be congestion in the port.

“For RORO service, the capacity is a little bit above 5000 units but we expect the Customs and clearing agents to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

Okereafor however urged the Federal government to intervene in the ongoing impasse between the agents and the customs by looking into the issue to see a way of resolving it because, according to him,  the service withdrawal that started since Monday affected PTML and Five Star Logistics Terminals.
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ANLCA postpones NECOM election to July 5th as ASECO releases fresh guidelines

Nze Aloysius Emeka Igwe, ASECO Chairman, ANLCA

Following the death of the erstwhile chairman of the Association Electoral Commission(ASECO) of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents( ANLCA), Mr. Alloy Anukwuru, who died in April 2023, the new Chairman of the electoral body has released a fresh guideline for the much-anticipated election.

In the new electoral timetable released by the new chairman of the eight-man electoral committee, Nze Aloysius Emeka Igwe, whose appointment by the board of the association sequel to the death of Anokwuru, was announced about a week ago,  the ANLCA NECOM election will now hold on July 5th, 2023.

This is about less than a two-month extension from the original date of May 25th, 2023 as earlier announced by the electoral body when it was headed by late Anukwuru.

According to the new electoral guideline signed by the new Chairman of ASECO, Emeka Igwe and Alhaji Mustapha Yakubu, the ASECO Secretary, there will be registration of voters at the Western Zone(National Headquarters), Eastern Zone(Onne) and Northern Zone(Abuja) from May 17th -June 2nd, 2023.

Also, the sales of nomination form/letter of intent closes on May 26th, 2023 while the final submission of the original nomination form is slated for between May 26th- 30th, 2023.

Electoral petitions by aggrieved members or participants will be entertained from June 2nd-9th, 2023 while the publication of the aspirants/first provision voters list will be between June 5th -9th, 2023.

The verification and the screening of original documents of voters in the Western Zone hold between June 12th-15th, 2023 while the verification and screening of licenses of voters in the Eastern Zone takes place June 19th -21st, 2023 and that of the Northern Zone takes place between June 22rd-23rd, 2023.

The screening of the aspirants is slated for July 3rd, 2023 while the publication of the final voters and candidate list will also be done on July 3rd, 2023.

The proper election and declaration of results by the returning officer holds on July 5th, 2023, thus ushering in the new executives that will pilot the affairs of the battle-weary ANLCA for a single term of five years.


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Aftermath of Anokwuru’s death: ANLCA appoints Alloy Igwe as new ASECO chairman


The eyewitness reporter
A few weeks after the death of Alloy Anokwuru, the erstwhile Chairman of the Associations Electoral Committee (ASECO) of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA)who died in April, the association has appointed  Alloy Chukwuemeka Igwe as a new chairman of ASECO.
Unveiling the new chairman at the National Secretariat of the association, Kayode Farinto, the Acting National President of ANLCA, charged the new chairman to leave above board.
“Don’t collect bribes in your new assignment. You may be blackmailed but you should remain steadfast” he charged the new ASECO chairman.
Farinto disclosed that the appointment of the new electoral body was made and ratified at a combined meeting of the association’s NECOM and BOT, last week Saturday.
“There shouldn’t be a vacuum and that was the reason this appointment had to be made.
While eulogizing the former ASECO chairman, Farinto said the association was equally confident in the ability of the new chairman who has an impeccable pedigree in the association.
He said there was a new dawn in ANLCA as never again will unlicensed members be allowed to lord it over the licensed members.
“If the election is successful, it will herald a rebirth of the association and its lost glory will return” Farinto declared.
He, therefore, charged the new chairman and the electoral committee to sanitize the electoral process in the association for the betterment of the group.
He also admonished ANLCA members to remain united and resolute in the current efforts to rebuild the association.
The board also appointed Mr Sanusi Adebayo Suleiman from the MMA chapter as the eighth member of ASECO.
Mr Aloy Igwe and Suleiman were later sworn in by the Acting National President of ANLCA.
 The new chairman promised to deliver on his mandate and expressed gratitude to the association for his appointment.
He however said the old timetable of the NECOM election will have to be amended to reflect the new realities on the ground.
The timetable for the NECOM election drawn by the ASECO before Aloy Anokwuru died shows that the election is supposed to hold May, 25th  2023.
It still remains to be seen if the little disruption caused by the death of the former Chairman will affect the date or not.
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ANLCA holds NECOM elections May 25th as ASECO releases guidelines

The eyewitness reporter

The much-anticipated elections into the National Executive Council of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents(ANLCA) holds on May 25th, 2023.

According to the election timetable released by the Association Electoral Commission(ASECO), a copy of which was sighted by our reporter, the notice of election has been published on April 11, 2023, while the registrations of voters will be conducted by ASECO at the ANLCA national secretariat from April 12th to 28th, 2023.

The guideline, dated April 11th, 2023, also revealed that the electoral committee will entertain letters of intent from interested contestants from April 12th- April 28th, 2023.

Also,  nomination forms with elections guidelines will be on sale from April 12th- April 19th, 2023 while the final submission of the original nomination forms and other requirements by aspirants will be on the 27th of April 2023.

Furthermore, the screening of aspirants will take place from May 2nd-May 9th, 2023 while election petitions will be entertained May 10th -18th, 2023.

Also, a provisional list of voters and candidates will be published on May 19th, 2023 while there will be a joint ASECO/BOT/NECOM meeting on May 22nd, 2023 to consider and resolve election petitions.

The final voters and candidates list will be published on May 23rd, 2023.

May 25th, 2023, will be the D-day when the elections will hold and the results declared by the returning officer.

Following the consummation of the peace pact between the two warring parties in ANLCA which ushered in an era of peace in the association that was on the boil for five years, a seven-member electoral body called ASECO, headed by Mr. Alloy Anukwuru, was inaugurated to conduct elections into the association’s NECOM.

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