…Farinto extends Olive branch, warns ‘impersonators’ would be dealt with***
Battle for the soul of the Association of Nigerian Licenced Customs Agents (ANLCA) may have taken a new dimension as the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) has allegedly issued the Taiwo Afolabi -led Board of Trustees (BoT) the registration certificate of recognition, as the authentic board of the association.
This was disclosed in a press statement by the Acting National President, ANLCA, Dr. Kayode Farinto, without affirming if the first certificate, purportedly in the custody of the factional board had been invalidated.
Farinto explained that the new certificate was secured after the expiration of the six years tenure of the former Board of Trustees members whose tenure ran between February 2014 to February 2020 as enshrined in the association’s constitution.
He pointed out that the AGM which was held in December 2020 at Owerri, the Imo State capital was duly attended by all ANLCA members, where the election of the new board members was conducted both virtually and physically.
The acting president narrated that at the end of voting nine prominent and duly registered members of ANLCA were elected into the board for a period of six years single tenure as contained in the ANLCA’s amended constitution.
He named the nine elected board members as Dr Taiwo Afolabi, Prince Ozo Chukwura, Chief Kingsley Offor, Alhaji Shamsideen Awoteju, Igbaraola Eniola John and Obi Azodo.
Others according to him, are Alhaji Isa Aliyu, Abel Timothy Ayokunle and Chief Igwe Christian Odinaka.
Farinto declared that since their election, the association has been painstakingly carrying out procedural processes of registering the new board members with the Corporate Affairs Commission, adding that, on 7th September 2022, the ANLCA National Executive Committee working with the board and other members were able to get the new ANLCA board members registered by the CAC.
“With the new development, all stakeholders are advised to disregard any other group or individuals that are parading themselves as ANLCA board members.
While we don’t want to over flogged the issues in our association being perpetrated by expelled members of the association, we want to assure Maritime stakeholders and indeed the general public and our members that the ANLCA leadership will never succumb to the blackmail of mischief makers.
But rather, will follow the rule of law and stick to the Supreme constitution of ANLCA as a status symbol of all registered associations,” he stated”, Farinto stated.
Farinto highlighted that ANLCA NECOM is aware of the expelled members and their cohorts circulating letters of introduction to Stakeholders for recognition, saying that while the matter is still being investigated, such letters, it must be recognised, do not have the backing of the ANLCA NECOM.
He also warned that all ‘impersonators’ would later be brought to book, in due course.
However, he said that in the spirit of reconciliation, the NECOM is ready to discuss with all aggrieved members in order to move forward with the association and in the interest of the numerous members suffering on the field.
“I want to declare that there is No Victor, No Vanquish, hence we should all put our hands on deck and jettison any selfish interest for the overall interest of our members and the association.
An industry watcher, while commenting on the development, noted that the ANLCA as a body had gone through avoidable intra-association squabbles, during which its National Secretariat was repeatedly shut, and re-opened, occasioned by image downgrade with the Nigeria Police operatives sometimes stretched to breaking points!
He painfully noted that fracas had actually characterised the body, until immediate past National President, Prince Olayiwola Shittu took over the mantle, and peaked the association into what it is unarguably recognised today as ANLCA’s Golden Age.
“The body had since regressed into its usual norms ever since”, he noted painfully.