ANLCA peace talk collapses as two factional groups resume hostilities
—Taiwo Mustapha-led group boycotts AGM
—–NECOM dares them
The Eyewitness News
The latest peace talk which resumed three weeks ago between the two factional groups in the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents(ANLCA) may have collapsed as the two groups seemed to have disagreed on the propriety of the Annual General Meeting(AGM) slated for Tuesday, February 7th, 2023 at Marriot Hotel, Ikeja.
The Dr. Taiwo Afolabi -led factional BOT and Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha- led factional BOT have engaged each other in a fierce war of attrition over the control of the spoils of ANLCA which has thrown the association into a protracted crisis since 2018.
All past efforts to reconcile the two gladiator- groups have hit the rock until the latest peace efforts which were initiated at the instance of the Inspector-General of police through the Lagos state commissioner of police.
As the latest peace deal bagan, there seemed to be the light at the end of the tunnel as the two warring groups decided to shield their swords by making compromises to achieve the desired peace.
The peace meeting was held at the Area ‘E’ Festac Area Command of the Nigeria Police in January 2023 and was reportedly presided over by a former DPO of RoRo Port, Mr Ajamolaya Ifetayo who is the new Area Commander and reputed to be a a likable figure among the customs brokers.
Those who attended the peace meeting included, Eniola Igbaroola, Kayode Farinto, the acting National President of ANLCA, Dr Opara, Secretary of Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha- led BOT, Prince Taiye Oyeniyi,Mrs Onome Monije, Mr Dayo Azeez, Chief Dennis Okafor who are from the two factions.
However, among the resolutions at the January peace meeting was to hold an AGM in February where all the rough edges in the peace agreement will be smoothed.
According to Alhaji Abdulazeez Babatunde Mukaila, Secretary General of the association, the AGM which was earlier scheduled to hold on February 7th, 2023 in Benin, Edo State has now been shifted to Marriott Hotel in Ikeja Lagos at the same date.
Alhaji Mukaila stated that the decision to shift the venue was as result of fears and concerns raised by members, especially regarding the insecurity along the Benin expressway.
Mukaila had however assured members of both warring factions of the association that there was no cause for alarm, adding that the AGM was summoned in agreement by both warring BOT factions.
ANLCA breathes again!—–as peace returns to crisis-ridden association
The new BOT members include Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha, Dayo Azeez, Sir Ernest Elochukwu, Sir Dennis Okafor, Prince Ozo Chukwura, Alhaji Shamsideen Awopeju, Kingsley Offor and Mr. Eniola Igbaruola.
In the same breath, a seven-member Association Electoral Committee (ASECO) headed by Mr Alloy Anukwuru, was also inaugurated.
The committee was charged to screen and conduct elections into the executive positions(NECOM) in the association at a date to be agreed on at the next follow-up peace meeting in the next two weeks.
Likewise, Prince Taiye Oyeniyi was inaugurated as the new Patron of the association.
These developments thus signaled a new era and the end of five years of an acrimonious atmosphere in ANLCA.
The peace deal, therefore, dealt a death knell to the controversial interim NECOM.
A new era of peace and tranquility that blows a fresh breath of life to an association that was hitherto held hostage and gasping for breath after five years of suffocation.
Prince Olayiwola Shittu congratulates Tinubu as President-elect ,makes case for freight forwarders
The eyewitness reporter
Prince Olayiwola Shittu, the erstwhile National President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents(ANLCA) has appealed to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the President-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to pay special attention to the freight forwarding industry in order to revamp and rescue the otherwise thriving sector from decades of retrogressive policies.
In his congratulatory message to the President-elect, Prince Shittu who is also the Managing Director /Chief Executive officer(CEO) of Skelas Group, enjoined Tinubu to give the operators in the freight forwarding industry the needed encouragement and support to enable them to improve on the revenue collection for the Customs Service.
In the congratulatory letter, he personally signed and a copy of which was sighted by our reporter, the respected Customs broker pledged the loyalty of all the operators in the Customs brokerage industry in particular and the maritime sector in general, to the in-coming administration of the President-elect.
”On behalf of myself and my professional friends and progressive-minded Customs Brokers in the Maritime Industry, I wish to felicitate with you and your Vice President–elect, Kashim Shetimma Mustapha for your victory at the just concluded presidential election, under the umbrella of the All Progressive Congress party (APC).
”I consider it a privilege to join hundreds of millions of Nigerians home and abroad, as well as well–wishers in congratulating you on your victory in the 2023 presidential election.
”I am optimistic that at the end of the day, you will bring everybody on board for the huge rebuilding that awaits you.
”Your victory didn’t come on a platter of gold, the discerning knows that in your characteristic manner, you prepared and fought well for it, alongside like-minded progressives through painstaking strategy, commitment and years of political bridge building.
”With your antecedent as an uncommon economic builder combined with your fine leadership acumen, we are hopeful that you will pay more than a passing interest in the maritime economy, which represents a bulwark of the national economy; in view of the changing fortunes of our crude staying economic power.
”As a customs broker, I enjoin you most respectfully to consider giving the freight industry the right encouragement for operators to improve on revenue collection.
”Hitherto, revenue brokers have been left with the feeling that they don’t matter despite being the real revenue collectors in all customs trade.
”As progressive players, revenue collectors can achieve much more if your administration offers them the right encouragement through the remodeling of retrogressive policies and the retooling of the benefits dynamics plus purposeful and mutually responsible stakeholders‘ engagement that has sadly, assumed a master–servant status.
”I am confident that you hold the leadership application to driving our economy and democracy in the right direction, through unwavering commitment.
”The customs brokerage and freight industry look forward to working harmoniously with your administration to raise the bar in revenue generation through a purposeful, mutually beneficial relationship.
”Your Excellency, congratulations once again as we wish you safe and strong; and wish your Administration a resounding success on all fronts”
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