The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Otunba Gani Adams on Saturday enjoined the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) to evolve a seamless collaboration required to curb the soaring cost of imported goods, noting that the present cost of imported goods in the country have made them inaccessible to the masses, in spite of the orchestrated slide in inflationary trends.
The Aare made the observation weekend, during the ANLCA Executive handover, from Prince Olayiwola Shittu to Iju Nwabunike, at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Lagos.
“Please, work together towards reducing the present tariff and other charges”, Otunba Gani Adams pleaded, stressing that the charges and levies for importing goods, particularly cars have begun to deter most Nigerians from doing the business of importation into the country.
In his reaction, the Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), Hameed Ali, who was represented by the Assistant Comptroller General (ACG), Aminu Dahiru noted that the relationship between Customs and ANLCA had been mutual and assured that he would strive to further boost it.
Speaking in a goodwill message, the CGC lauded Shittu for his humility and simplicity noted that the immediate past president’s tenure was a remarkable and outstanding one; and congratulated the new president, Iju Nwabunike, for having a capacity, charisma and aura to be the leader of the great association. He however advised him to stand on neutral ground when dispensing his position as a leader, adding that as a leader Tony must be firm in order to achieve his goals.
The CGC hopes Nwabunike’s leadership will bring improvement into areas where the Customs officers do have hitch with ANLCA; and that as Customs officers they are expecting sincere declarations, correct evaluations from ANLCA members, in order to move the industry as well as the nation forward.
Others also sworn-in with Nwabunike, as members of the current ANLCA executives include: the National Vice President, Dr. Farinto Collins; National Secretary, Alh. Abdulazeez Babatunde; National Treasurer, Agubuzor Livinus; National Financial Secretary, Hajia Bola Muse; National Assistant Secretary, Chief Dennis Ejikeme Okwu; National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Adumaza Joseph Sanni; Zonal Coordinator West, Sir. Dr. John Ofobike; Zonal Coordinator East, Chief Uche Martins; Zonal Secretary West, Alh. Bayo Oyekangun; and Zonal Secretary East, Joshua Ahuama.
The distinguished guests who graced the occasion included the ACG of Customs, Alh. Aminu Dahiru; Director of NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka; President National Customs Brokers Association of Liberia (NCBAL), Ivan I.F Tumbey and his team; Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba-land, Otunba Gani Adams; Basorun Oodua, Chief Wahab Isiaka; Customs Area Controller Lagos Industrial, Comptroller Nike Oladunni.
Others also, included the immediate past chairman Calabar chapter, Capt. Robert Akpojovwo; out-going Eastern state Secretary, Sir Dr. Mayor Nwachukwu; Secretary, Tin Can Chapter, Sir. Nzeribe Ebere; Financial Secretary, Tin Can Chapter, Alh. Oshinowo Wasiu; and Coordinator Tin Can Chapter, Don Parkson Anigbogo.