The National President, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA); Mr Tony Nwabunike has declared that an end has come to the crisis which has rocked the association since his emergence as the president.
He told our correspondent last week that the recent lifting of the suspension on some of its leaders, signaled the end of hostilities in ANLCA.
Shipping Position Daily recalls that, the chapter chairmen in the Western zone of the association as well as zonal officers were suspended at a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja in December 2018 at the peak of the in-fighting.
They were accused of alleged indiscipline and flagrant abuse of ANLCA constitution by boycotting the NEC meeting and for recognizing, Emenike Nwokeoji as their president.
Specifically, the suspension affected the western zone coordinator, Sir John Oforbike, the association’s National Publicity Secretary; Mr Joe Sanni as well as chairmen of eight chapters in its western zone area including Apapa, Tin Can Island, PTML, Seme border, KLT, Ijora Lillypond.
But the apparently happy National President of ANLCA told our correspondent last week that, “we don’t want any more war in ANLCA, I am personal happy that the NEC has lifted the suspension, everyone has reconciled, we don’t want any anymore”.
He also disclosed that, going forward, the NEC will constitute a 9-member committee to address all pending issues, including operational issues.
When asked if the reconciliation will affect the crisis in the association’s Board of Trustees (BoT), he told our correspondent that the board will have to resolve its issues by itself, and that members of the board are expected to sit among themselves and resolve their issues.
“The BoT cannot drag us back, remember the BoT is just an advisory body, they will also look at themselves and move in line with the current spirit in the association. I am sure they will resolve the issues”, he said.
While also reacting to the lifting of suspension, National Publicity Secretary of ANLCA; Mr Joe Sanni acknowledged the act, but added that, “there are the issues of the several court cases instituted within the almost 20 months of this NECOM’s existence, issues of the Board of Trustees coming elections in February 2020, concluding Western Zone’s chapters’ outstanding elections, resolving the schism within the National Executive Committee (NECOM)”.
He advised that there is “need to embark on an ANLCA image-burnishing campaign and refocusing our energies into salvaging what is left of ANLCA presently”.