June 13, 2024

ANLCA Settles 5 years crisis, Set For Election After Annual General Meeting

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The Association of Licensed Customs Agents ANLCA on Wednesday 15 March 2023 settles their 5years old crisis and embrace peace in order to progress and recover lost glory . The peace broker event was chaired by the Chairman of the Council For the Regulation Of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria Alhaji Abubakar Tsanni at Eko Hotels and suites in Lagos.

The Chairman of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), Alhaji Abubakar Tsanni angrily withdrawn the license of the Association (ANLCA) until the association’s give peace a chance.

In the AGM/reconciliation meeting Prince Taye Oyeniyi stepped down as member of BoT, and the act earns him the post of patron and was decorated immediately with applause from members.

L-R: ANLCA Patron, Prince Taiye Oyeniyi, Chairman CRFFN Governing Board, Alhaji Tsanni Abubakar, Acting Registrar Chief Executive Officer of CRFFN, Mrs Chinyere Uromta, another BOT member of ANLCA, Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha at the AGM meeting

CRFFNChairman, Tsanni openly announced the withdrawal of the licence of the ANLCA from the Council until peace is attained.

Tsanni also further noted that he would remain in the hall with all participating members at the AGM till tomorrow until peace is embraced.

Few minutes later, following the rowdiness and successful swearing in of the 8-man BoT, Tsanni returned the Association’s certificate to the Acting President, Dr. Kayode Farinto.

He also revealed that after the 5-hour meeting with the Mustapha-led BoT and the Farinto-led executives, Prince Taiye Oyeniyi willingly decided to step down as BoT member of the association.

Speaking at the event was Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha , he appealed to all aggrieved members of the association to embrace peace.

“Whatever was brought to the table today was out of being magnanimous. It has been a situation of give and take. We must have the spirit of forgiveness. This ANLCA will be great again,” Mustapha said.

Earlier the acting President, Dr Kayode Farinto, disclosed that the constitution of the association allowed election 90 days before the expiration of the tenure of the current executive.

He, however, stated that the current NECOM of the association will not spend an extra day in office, saying the process of conducting the 2023 NECOM Election will be part of the decisions taken at the 2023 AGM.

He stated further that everyone is free to contest all NECOM executive positions, urging qualified members to dust their documents to contest in any positions of their choice, whenever the ASECO starts the election process.

The  acting President said, “I know you are all aware that the tenure of this NECOM expires on 16th April 2023 as given to us by the amended 2020 ANLCA Constitution at the Owerri AGM. I want to tell you emphatically, that this NECOM will not stay one day extra in office. As such the process of conducting the 2023 NECOM Election will be part of the decisions taken at the 2023 AGM. For your information and in accordance with ANLCA Supreme Constitution, within 90 days to the expiration of any NECOM tenure, election must be held to bring in new leaders and the 90 days stated counting from February.

“I want to state again here that NECOM Election is free to be contested by any member of ANLCA to the various positions as far as you are cleared by the Association Electoral Commission (ASECO), nobody can stop you ,if you are qualified and I employ members to dust their documents to contest in any positions of their choice, whenever the ASECO starts the election process.

He also beckoned on all members of the association to accept the new arrangement but opined that the powers of the BoT in ANLCA should be reduced.

Farinto observed that despite the differences between both parties, there is no doubt that leaders in the other party have contributed immensely to the growth of the association.

Acting Registrar Chief Executive Officer of CRFFN, Mrs Chinyere Uromta

Acting Registrar, Chief Executive Officer of CRFFN, Mrs Chinyere Uromta appreciated the CRFFN Chairman and the ANLCA leadership for corporation with the Council to resolve the five years old crisis.
“My heart is filled with gratitude and joy, especially the way the personalities in ANLCA demonstrated their grace and understanding, it shows that they have one purpose, and it shows that they wanted peace, this is a plus for CRFFN and Nigeria

“I want to express appreciation to my pragmatic Chairman of CRFFN board, for days now, he has not rested, he was so worried, but today the crisis is resolved and it would be sustained” she said

Mrs Uromta lamented that the ANLCA crisis affected the collection of the Practitioner Operating Fees (POF) by the CRFFN at the port.

“Since February 2023 when I took over, I noticed that the POF had been going down and I was worried, and I knew that part of it was this ANLCA crisis that has lasted so long. However with the resolution of the crisis, I am sure *the inflow would be higher* ” she said

 

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