A former President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) and Managing Director of Skelas Group; Prince Olayiwola Shittu has urged the President Elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu to pay more than passing interest in maritime economy.
Shittu, in a congratulatory message to Tinubu and his Vice President-elect, Kashim Shetima, stated that with the antecedent of the President elect as an uncommon economic builder combined with his fine leadership acumen, he will pay more than a passing interest in the maritime economy.
He explained that maritime industry represents a bulwark of the national economy owing to the change of fortunes of the crude staying economic power.
Shittu enjoin the President-elect to most respectfully consider giving the freight industry the right encouragement for operators to improve on revenue collection.
He lamented that revenue brokers have been left with the feeling that they don’t matter despite being the real revenue collectors in all customs trade.
In the letter, Shittu said: “On behalf of myself and my professional friends and progressive minded Customs Brokers in the Maritime Industry, I wish to felicitate you and your Vice President-elect, Kashim Shetimma Mustapha for your victory at the just concluded presidential election, under the umbrella of the All Progressive Congress party (APC).
“I consider it a privilege to join hundreds of millions of Nigerians home and abroad, as well as well-wishers in congratulating you on your victory at the 2023 presidential election. I am optimistic that at the end of the day, you will bring everybody on board for the huge rebuilding that awaits you.
“Your victory didn’t come on a platter of gold, the discerning knows that in your characteristic manner, you prepared and fought well for it, alongside like-minded progressives through painstaking strategy, commitment and years of political bridge building.
“With your antecedent as an uncommon economic builder combined with your fine leadership acumen, we are hopeful that you will pay more than a passing interest on the maritime economy, which represents a bulwark of the national economy; in view of the changing fortunes of our crude staying economic power.
“As a customs broker, I enjoin you most respectfully to consider giving the freight industry the right encouragement for operators to improve on revenue collection. Hitherto revenue brokers have been left with the feeling that they don’t matter despite being the real revenue collectors in all customs trade.
“As progressive players, revenue collectors can achieve much more if your administration offers them the right encouragement through the remodeling of retrogressive policies and the retooling of the benefits dynamics; plus purposeful and mutually responsible stakeholders’ engagement that has sadly, assumed a master-servant status.
“I am confident that you hold the leadership application to driving our economy and democracy in the right direction, through unwavering commitment. The customs brokerage and freight industry looks forward to working harmoniously with your administration to raise the bar in revenue generation through a purposeful, mutually beneficial relationship”.
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