Enough is Enough !!!
ANLCA President, Tony Nwabunike roars
* Says no body can hold ANLCA to ransom anymore
*Sets for BOT election, AGM
*As association loses over N20million to hoodlums attack
(By Udeme Clement)
“Enough is enough !
No body can hold ANLCA to ransom anymore. Election to the Board of ANLCA will take place in two weeks, when our Annual General Meeting (AGM), holds.”
These were the words of the National President, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Mr Tony Iju Nwabunike, while addressing Journalists on the crisis instigated against the leadership of the association by former Board members.
Nwabunike vowed to invoke the constitutional powers of ANLCA to sanction erring members working against the interest of ANLCA, in order to move forward and address other pressing needs of the association.
The National President, stressed that the decision to sanction erring members becomes necessary after two years of tolerating the excesses of former board members, in a bid to make peace and promote unity of purpose in ANLCA.
He stressed that all his efforts and kind consideration in appealing to former Board members to toe the line of peace and work unitedly with the National Executive Committee (NECOM) proved abortive, as his detractors are bent on derailing his leadership.
He pointed out, “The NECOM always supports peaceful resolution of crisis, which informed the decision of granting pardon to some members who took the leadership to Court. In the last two years, they had instituted eight Court cases against my leadership but I didn’t retaliate any for the sake of peace. Does that not show that my leadership believes in peaceful initiative ? ”
The press conference lasted several hours with interaction, questions and answers; as Mr Tony Nwabunike, took Journalists down memory lane on the election that brought him to office in 2018, and how former Board members began antagonising him, even to the extent of introducing ethnic sentiments, all in attempts to destabilise his leadership.
Making clarifications on issues concerning the Board, ANLCA Boss maintained that the tenure of former Board expired last February, after six years, and ANLCA under his leadership will not be a part of illegal tenure elongation.
He mentioned the former Board Chairman, Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha; former Secretary, Taye Oyeniyi; Chief Dennis Okafor and former ANLCA President, Ernest Elochukwu,
as those allegedly instigating crisis in ANLCA through illegal tenure elongation ambition.
According to him, “If Mustapha wants to remain in the Board, he should pick a form and contest with others to become the Chairman. No body must insist on tenure elongation. ANLCA’s Constitution does not permit such illegality and my leadership will not go against the Constitution”.
In the same vein, the National Secretary of ANLCA, Alhaji Mukaila Abdulazeez, took Journalists through details of ANLCA’s Constitution and its position on election issues.
The Secretary said that Tony Nwabunike, as the current National President of ANLCA remains resolute and focused to move the association forward despite the antics of detractors.
Alhaji Abdulazeez further revealed that the antagonising members are not only trying to destabilise the NECOM, but are also influencing some chapter Chairmen within Western Zone not to remit 40 per cent of their earnings to the national body, as stated in ANLCA’s Constitution.
This, he said, is a deliberate attempt by erring members to derail the association from carrying out its financial obligations successfully.
But, he advised the Western zone chapter Chairmen to refrain from following a wrong course and do the right thing, as such funds must still be remitted to the association, as long as such chapters remain part of ANLCA.
The Secretary said that ANLCA is currently running on personal contributions of NECOM members, as well as remittances from other chapters outside Western zone.
He also disclosed that the association lost over N20 million to the recent attack on the headquarters by hoodlums, which damaged the national Secretariat and many equipment.
Also speaking, ANLCA Vice President Dr. Kayode Farinto, said the association is moving forward and willl not allow sabotage by few individuals to distract the leadership.