Home News Nigeria@60:    ANLCA President Call for Reflection on Untapped Potentials in the Country. …….Solicit for Loan, other palliatives from Govt

Nigeria@60:    ANLCA President Call for Reflection on Untapped Potentials in the Country. …….Solicit for Loan, other palliatives from Govt

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As Nigeria celebrated 60 years of Independence, the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agent(ANLCA) , has called on Professionals in the Maritime Sector to reflect on the many untapped potentials in the country

The National President of ANLCA, Iju Tony Nwabunike who made the call in his goodwill message to Customs Brokers, Freight Forwarders, and Supply Chain Practitioners on Nigeria’s Independence made available to Time News Reporters in Lagos, Nigeria, said the reflections which has become necessary should be geared towards their effort at making Nigeria greater, united and more prosperous.
According to him, “Our professional calling as logistics experts playing critical roles in E-commerce now requires us to think beyond clearing cargoes from the ports and be the chain linking people and business together.”
“ANLCA’s age is 66 (established 1954) , Nigeria is 60. We shouldn’t just be glorying in old age without commensurate maturity to match our many years of existence as a body of great professionals. We must not derail in our drive for success.”
The ANLCA National President urged them to continually see ourselves as part of the move to diversify Africa’s largest economy from a totally oil dependent country to a viable country, making sustainable revenue from non-oil sector.
“Our roles in the import, export and supply chain management has made us critical contributors to government revenue drive of attaining over N4 trillion by Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and supporting the Nigeria Customs Service in sustaining it’s N1trillion yearly collection.”
“Our sector holds the capacity for 50,000 direct and ancillary employments from the ports, airports, border stations, delivery chain linking warehouses and market, if properly harnessed”, he stated.
Nwabunike called on their members and professionals alike to keep up their patriotic acts of engaging only in legitimate deals and prompt payment of taxes to government, while they expect the Nigerian State support.
“We have heard and seen Federal Government interventions through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Bank of Industry (BoI) to private sector businesses improving on their viability and sustainability.
“No such programme has been designed for us in the freight forwarding and logistics sector of our economy,
“Aside not getting any form of palliative from government, there is no offer of single digit loan by government tailored towards our needs in procuring trucks, maintaining warehouses, investing in logistics aided technology like tracking devises and fleet of motorcycles for E-commerce transactions in a state of difficult traffic situation as what we experience in Lagos.
“We call on the Federal Ministries of Finance, Transport, Trade and Industry, CBN, NCS and others to see us as professionals deserving of state support, not only as potential tax payers because the likely quake or collapse of our sector will adversely affect the country”, Tony added.
He assured that, “ANLCA under my watch, will open talks with government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to see how our sub sector can be integrated into government interventionist financial programmes and support initiatives.”
“We are a great country with very copious potentials to be greater. This 60th anniversary of Nigeria’s Independence should spur us into more positive actions for greater good of larger number of our fellow compatriots.
Let us join hands in ensuring that the labour of our past heroes in bringing us together doesn’t go in vain”, He concluded.

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