…Dr. Rafiu Ladipo wades in, Calling for meeting with past Presidents***
The President-General, Nigeria Football Supporters Club, and the pioneer President of Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Dr. Rafiu Ladipo has expressed great concern over the intractable crisis the association has faced in the past 10 months, and took a decisive position towards a timely and amicable resolution of the crisis.
Ladipo highlighted that the crisis rocking the association had belittled the association and has made them, including the leadership to lose the public respect they hitherto enjoyed; particularly the high regards they had in the eyes of the government as Government functionaries no longer take them serious.
The crisis which was triggered by leadership succession in the Association’s Board of Trustees (BOT), began after elections were held last year, to change the leadership of the BOT, led by Chief Henry Njoku, who was said to have held that position for about 10 years.
The outcome of the elections, which produced Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha, seemed not to go down well with Njoku who refused to step down.
That was the beginning of the crisis that has till date ravaged the association leading to litigation that have rendered the otherwise, vibrant association, redundant.
In a telephone chat Maritime First Newspaper yesterday, the pioneering President of the association, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo bemoaned the way things have turned out in the association due to personal gains.
According to him “It is very sad that things are turning this way, when we started the Association our goal was for Nigerians and the practitioners of the trade to do their business without fear, but today the situation has changed and it hurt me to see an Association that was very strong and recognized by government now disintegrating, all because of personal gains.
“I am the first pioneering President of the Association in 1982 and everything was going well for us; so well that government will not do anything without consulting the Association for advice!”
Ladipo however said help will soon come the way of the Association, as all hands are now on deck to see that the crisis that has beguiled the Association is resolve in no time.
“So it is very sad that things have gone the way it is, however we the founding fathers will not fold our hands, we will stretch forth our hands to ensure that the crisis is settled.
Because as it is now nobody respect us, nobody believe in us, so what is important is that we are going to first call all these factions together, first I will call Alhaji Sanni kamba, I will call Sir Ernest Elochukwu, Inua Mohammed and Prince shittu, We will have a meeting on how we can resolve this issue.
“Because the Association cannot move forward by fighting, for me as the pioneering President I will see to the issue with other Presidents so that we can have normalcy in the Association thereby coming back to where we should be”, he said.