New Dawn for ANLCA : As SIFAX Group boss, seasoned professionals emerged BOT members
* Adopts single tenure for elected officials
* Nwabunike Lauds FG on border re-opening
(Report by Udeme Clement):
Obviously, the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), a foremost freight forwarding body in Nigeria is experiencing a new dawn of greater prosperity and better things to come, with the calibre of personalities just elected into its Board of Trustees (BOT).
This is sequel to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and online BOT election of ANLCA, held on December 16, 2020, at Concord hotel, in Owerri, Imo State.
The online election rated the best so far conducted in the maritime industry
brought the Group Executive Vice Chairman of SIFAX, Dr Taiwo Afolabi and other seasoned professionals into the Board of ANLCA.
The members include Chief Christian Odinaka Igwe, Chief Kingsley Offor, Elder Abel Ayokunle, Prince Uzor Chukwura, Mr Eniola Igbaruola, among others.
In his remarks, the National President of ANLCA, Hon Iju Tony Nwabunike explained that the tenure of the former Board members expired in February 2020, after six years in office.
He said the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the entire economy caused a delay in conducting another BOT election.
However, Nwabunike stressed that ANLCA’s National Executive Committee (NECOM) under his leadership worked assiduously to ensure the success of both the AGM and BOT election, despite the challenges facing maritime industry and the nation’s economy at large.
He pointed out, “This year 2020, we in ANLCA had it rough. We lost some prominent members of our Association. It has not been easy but we are making progress in all facets.
“It is a very challenging year, from COVID -19 pandemic to total lockdown that turned the world economy upside down, shaking its very foundation. It is absolutely necessary that we come together for self-appraisal and gather strength to move on.
“It is not yet time for score card but permit me to posit that we at NECOM can beat our chest and say that despite numerous challenges, we have performed marvelously well”.
Hon Nwabunike emphasised, “We have successfully navigated ANLCA’s ship of state to the path of sustainable stable voyage. We left no one in doubt of our ability to change the narrative and ensure that ANLCA remains the foremost Association in the maritime industry”.
He informed, “I am aware of the operational challenges members across the nation are facing daily in their places of business. We are working very hard to address them.
“For once, we got assurance from National Assembly leadership with guaranty of non-interference of the parliament in cargo clearance.
“For another, they extracted commitment on the part of Federal Government to open the land borders.”
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari on his decision to re-open the land borders, describing it as a welcome developed.
Also speaking, the Vice President of ANLCA, Dr Kayode Farinto, described the feats recorded by ANLCA in both AGM and BOT election as the result of hard work and resilience of the current NECOM.
He described the new Board members as seasoned professionals with wealth of experience and expertise needed to move ANLCA, as well as the maritime industry forward.
After exhaustive deliberation, the Association adopted a single tenure of six years for BOT members, five years for National President and four years for chapter Chairmen.