The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) and Progressive Solidarity for Asiwaju (PSA) a Support Group of Maritime and allied industries stakeholders in the Nigeria Nigerian economy has congratulated Nigeria’s President-elect and Presidential Candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC); Ahmed Bola Tinubu, his Vice , Kashim Shettima and other APC candidates who won their Senatorial and House of Representatives seats on their various victories at the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly polls.
According to a statement from the Acting National President of ANLCA and Lagos State Coordinator of PSA, Dr Kayode Farinto Collins, the group is proud of their success at the elections and urged them to work for a better NIGERIA.
He said “the hard-earned victory of Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate Kashim Shettima at the 2023 Presidential Election is a testimony of their acceptance and trust by all Nigerians to lead our country to the promised land.
” We at ANLCA/ PSA are particularly grateful for this victory as we have all worked hard to achieve it. I want to assure all maritime stakeholders that the Tinubu /Shettima Presidency will bring a new lease of life to the Maritime Industry as the president elect have promised to carry the sector along during our engagement with him.
“I want to urge all Maritime stakeholders to support the APC Government of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Kashim Shettima, so that we can all benefit as professionals and stakeholders from this government in order to move the industry forward.”
Farinto said ANLCA which is the foremost and most organised freight forwarding and Customs Brokers Association in the Nigeria maritime industry is ready to work with the government of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his members will be appointed Executive Council members and Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies ( MDAs) in the sector to advance its course.
“We want the Federal Ministry of Transportation to be balkanized,there by creating Federal Ministry of Maritime Affairs , where agencies like National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) and others will be part of, to harness the maritime industry fully and how we can fully explore the Nigeria Blue Economy project for increase revenue earnings for the Federal government, create employment for our teeming youths and add value to the nation’s economy.
“Also on the issue of age limits on Used Vehicles ( Tokunbo vehicles) we want the government to increase the importation age limits to about 15 years from the date of manufacture and the reduction of 15% levy on Used vehicles and all that we have proposed to the President Elect should be address.
” Frankly, in line with international best practices, the new Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service ( NCS) must as a matter of necessity be appointed from and among the proper officers and not this aberration that has stagnated the growth of cargo clearance and Nigeria Customs operations in our nation.
“I want the Government of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to beam it’s searchlight on the maritime industry, which is now the revenue basket of Nigeria, aside from oil. For his government to successfully reap the revenue accruing in the sector, maritime professionals should be part of the think tank in this Government, either as agency heads or as board members.
“We appeal to him to have Special Advisers on maritime and Customs Affairs. This will help his government to have professional and technical advice that will grow the industry and generate more revenue, especially with the full harness of the Blue Economy, which will create millions of employment opportunities for our teeming youths.
“Finally, we call on leaders like Dr Boniface Aniebonam, Founder of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) and National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) to join hand with us to move our industry forward, irrespective of our differences in political affiliation. We have special respect for him for his wealth of experience in the industry which can be used to move the industry forward”, Farinto said.
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