- ACG Jibo, Dakuku, Olanrewaju others grace ANLCA NECOM inauguration
The National President of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Sir Emenike Nwokeoji has assured Nigerian freight forwarding practitioners that ANLCA is ready to explore new synergies and collaborations in a bid to address current unfavorable national policies.
Nwokeoji, who was speaking at the inauguration of the new ANLCA National Executives on Thursday, expressed delight at the end of the 5-year leadership crisis at the association.
He sought the support of all the association’s stakeholders and sister agencies in the pursuit of a mutually beneficial partnership in tackling the myriad of challenges affecting practitioners.
“We intend to hereafter, reach out to all stakeholders to synergize on issues bothering on the advancement of the maritime and aviation industries and in fact, our national policy issues as it affects our subsectors, in order to present a formidable and common front”, Nwokeoji assured.
He described his victory at the ANLCA presidential polls as a victory for all members of the association and promised to stabilize the peace in the association, stating that “peace and unity are more paramount now than ever before.”
“To my Vice President, Prince Segun Oduntan, you have remain a reliable, dependable and trusted ally. And for the women in ANLCA, I cannot thank you less, you deserve my special accolades at this outing.”
The ANLCA President also thanked his wife, Dr. Mrs. Ijeoma Nwokeoji and the entire Nwokeoji family for their support and equally appreciated the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) for kick-starting the reconciliation process in ANLCA earlier in 2023.
Also speaking at the inauguration, the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Adewale Adeniyi, MFR, assured that the NCS will play a collaborative role as the new ANLCA leadership seeks to drive the association and the industry to greater heights.
Adeniyi, who was represented by the Zonal Coordinator ‘Zone A’ Customs Headquarters, Assistant Comptroller-General (ACG) Mohammed Jibo, charged freight agents to pay correct duties, even as he wished the new leadership team success in its administration.
On his part, the Chairman of ANLCA Board of Trustees, Alahji Taiwo Mustapha described the occasion as a new beginning in the modern history of the association.
“ANLCA crisis in the last five years has been a huge setback for the freight forwarding in Nigeria and by extension a problem for the larger maritime industry. We were just hovering around for years without coordinating ourselves. I thank God that today the crisis is over and I pray that we never witness such problems in the association,” Mustapha remarked.
The event was also graced by maritime bigwigs including; a former Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside; Chairman, Customs Consultative Committee (CCC), Aare Hakeem Olanrewaju; former President, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Dr. Eugene Nweke.
Others were; President-General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju; Customs Area Controller, Tin Can Island Port, Comptroller Dera Nnadi mini; National President, African Association of Professional Freight Forwarders and Logistics of Nigeria (APFFLON), Otunba Frank Ogunojemite; President, Barge Operators Association of Nigeria (BOAN), Hon. Olubunmi Olumekun; among others.