ANLCA National President swears in executives of Kano chapter
* We are rolling out training programmes for digital operations- Says Tony Nwabunike
By Udeme Clement :
The National President, Association of Nigeria License Customs Agents, ANLCA, Mr IJU TONY NWABUNIKE, has successfully carried out the swearing in of elected Executives of Kano chapter.
Addressing members during the swearing in ceremony in Kano, yesterday, he said, “I see it as a thing of joy addressing you today in the commercial city of Kano, after witnessing the very orderly and peacefully election of your chapter executives.
“This election, which was conducted in accordance with our association’s constitution, is also expressing my administration’s resolve to lead all our members according to laid down rules.”
He enthused, “While congratulating you for this feat, I also want to commend your compliance with the laid down Covid19 protocols because it is pertinent we are alive and healthy to be able to do business”.
He went on, “I urge you to keep your compliance level high and shun anything that will place you on the wrong side of the law. Keep yourselves abreast with import and export prohibition lists, avoid smuggling, make sincere declarations and shun any acts of concealments capable of illegalities that could lead to suspension or blocking of your licenses”.
His words, “Upon resumption as National President of our great association, I met files containing list of over 300 licenses that were either blocked or suspended from operations by Nigeria Customs Service.
“This meant a lot to me because from my findings, each licence has capacity to provide an average of ten jobs and their non operational status kept about three thousand persons out of employment.
“With dialogue and robust interactions, I got these licences unblocked and reactivated. Today they are all back to business. It is also important I add that non members of ANLCA also benefitted from this move because our association is truly the mother of others in our line of business.
“Also upon assumption of duty as National President with my team, we changed our inherited working mode from analogue to full digital. On the desk of all our National Officers are work stations connected to one another, to enhance our service delivery.
“With very meager resources, taking over an almost empty treasury, we have been able to keep our great association running.
“ANLCA is truly great and my dream is to lead it into greater accomplishments evolving into one of the leading bodies of customs brokers in Africa and indeed the world.
“We are not interested in massaging ego of individuals who choose to personalise ANLCA’s achievements. Your support for the National Executive Committee (NECOM) makes you a contributor to this noble body. Please avoid unnecessary and fruitless distractions always.
” Don’t allow the rumour mill or fake news dictate your mood towards your association. Feel free to clarify issues with my office always. My doors are open at all times for inquiries , clarifications, complaints and advice or suggestions .
“For the avoidance of doubts, my personal and official relationship with the National Vice President, Dr. Kayode Collins Farinto, is very cordial. Disregard unverified stories stating the contrary.
“We all in NECOM are bringing our resources, education and exposure as capital to run ANLCA selflessly. We have elastic tolerance for those who see things differently from the way we see. It is our belief that reason will prevail and elected officials will not be hoodwinked or blackmailed by anyone including past officers.
“We have noticed series of media diatribes in long interview sessions against us. Some even attempt describing us as uneducated. My shock here is that people who never passed through the university system, are the ones querying the academic standing of some of us here with two university degrees. Laughable indeed !
“I want to clear a very disturbing misconception : ANLCA chapters, zones and national bodies are not exclusive fiefdom of any former officer or godfather. Elected officers owe allegiance to our constitution and recognised organs of hierarchy as constitutionally outlined.
“COVID-19 Pandemic and it’s established protocols have influenced the way businesses are being conducted across the globe. As customs agents and active participants in the total logistic chain, we have critical roles to play in the new normal.
“Goods must move from our ports in Lagos, Delta , Cross River and Rivers States to places like Kano and other northern states using rail and road modes of transportation.
“Situation is compelling us to invest in technology that helps us do virtual meetings, track movement of cargoes and interact with ourselves, clients and employees using audio visual means.
“Please invest in relevant gadgets and get acquainted with their usage to communicate effectively and boost your productivity at work
“Our line of business is now technology driven and must be practiced in conformity with international best practice, to synchronise with government’s ease of doing business and trade facilitation initiatives.
“We need to do more, to promote end to end seamlessness in cargo movements from ports to either warehouses, factories and markets as our own inputs in the world of e-commerce.
“For this reason, we shall be rolling out training and retraining programmes to be facilitated by a faculty of experts that will refresh us about things we already know and teach us new things that will help our profession and economic growth.
“We have read in the news that the Federal Government recently approved an automation project for Nigeria Customs Service. We are yet to get the full details of this and hope to keep in touch with you with any relevant information affecting our business in this regard.
“Because we can be greater than this, I want to leave you with the words of Earl Nightingale , a popular American author and radio personality “Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality”