The President of Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agent (ANLCA), Tony Iju Nwabunike has reiterated the commitment of his administration towards the survival, growth and development of ANLCA.
He said it had become imperative to rebuild confidence in the teeming members of the association and reassure them of absolute reliability on his leadership, while making it clear that there was no leadership tussle in ANLCA adding that the real leader and recognized group that would never want the association destroyed were known.
According to him, “We are daily reminded to look at the biblical analogy taken from 1King 3:16-28 where King Solomon used his God given wisdom to adjudicate between two mothers over a disputed child.
“All that concerned the one who was not the child’s mother was destruction for everybody to lose out by having a baby cut in two parts so each disputing mother will have half of a dead and cut child. This never went well with the true mother who would prefer to lose her son to another woman than to have him killed.
“With the Solomon analogy, we know those who prefer that ANLCA be cut into two equal parts like the disputed baby with each useless part held by two sides as a solution without minding if the body survives or not.
.“While the Police and our national officers are taking inventory of any loss or damage from the recent attack, without accusing anyone, some persons have started faulting our stock taking move in a panicky display. We won’t watch our dear association destroyed while we fold our hands. Whatever lawful means available to seek redress and get justice is what we will perpetually be committed to”.
He, however, enjoined all members of the association across the country to be continually law abiding and report attack or threat to attack them to the Police even as he extended the olive branch to former members of the association who showed remorse and true repentance.
“We may review the various sanctions ranging from suspension to expulsion and grant them amnesty for readmission if they truly change and resolve to abide by our constitution. This is not out of fear or cowardice and therefore, should not be taken for granted because under my watch, any form of indiscipline or lawless behavior will not be condoned.
“Out Secretariat is open and functioning for our members use and operation while as leaders, we keep working towards a more peaceful and orderly body. ANLCA as a body of professionals shall continually pursue the interest of the national economy by supporting the federal government ease of doing business and trade facilitation agenda.
“Our attention must not be lost on key economic issues like the controversial Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) valuation, abusive collection of samples from imported cargoes by the agents of government, alleged wanton extortion along port corridors and within the port”, Nwabunike opined.
He pledged his administration’s support to government initiative at ensuring that regulatory and security agencies abide by appropriately specified Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) aimed at making our seaports, airports and approved land border stations work in synchrony with international best practices.
Photo: ANLCA President, Tony Iju Nwabunike
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