Group urge registered ANLCA BOT to conduct NECOM election
By Eguono Odjegba
The Alliance of ANLCA, Association of Nigeria License Customs Agents, Western Zone has appealed to the registered Board of Trustees, BOT, of ANLCA to set machinery in place for the conduct of election into it’s National Executive Committee, NECOM, in view of the suspension of the later by court orders.
The group at a press conference held at the Amusement Park Apapa Lagos Monday, noted that the absence of a properly constituted NECOM in view of the court restraining order of the prior NECOM led by Iju Tony Nwabunike has left ANLCA with an unnecessary vacuum, creating confusion and acts of lawlessness; which it says is becoming unsettling and unbearable.
The new group led by the leader of ANLCA Western Zone, Chief John Ofobike expressed dismay at what it described as high level of impunity by the the suspended national officers, noting that a reconstituting the NECOM properly will usher in discipline and harmony, as well as the right atmosphere to reinvent the association on the path of progress and the pursuit of members collective objectives.
The group also averred that whereas the country’s current fragile peace requires proper and structured approach through enforcement of court judgments as a means to regaining national confidence and oneness, it notes that failure to enforce judgments has given the suspended Nwabunike led NECOM the latitude to ride roughshod on the larger law abiding members of ANLCA.
According to Ofobike, the suspended NECOM has constituted itself into an embarrassing spectacle and nuisance which has dragged ANLCA into the mud, to the extent of plots to subsume ANLCA into a breakaway faction known as National Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF.
He said, “We are constrained by the absence of a national officers to steer the affairs of the association, to call on the legitimate Board of Trustees led by Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha to intervene by appointing or providing leadership in the suspended positions, to stem the tide of despondence amongst members.
“The absence is owing to the Justice Aikawa court order, FHC/L/CS/921, on 26th August 2021, restraining all elected NECOM from parading themselves as National and Zonal Officers, respectively.
“The regular infringement and flagerant disregard of court orders has pushed us to show as a matter of urgency, the need for caution to avert proscription.
“Should ANLCA continue with this spare of abuses, it would present her to the eyes of the law and the general public as an association of irresponsible group of persons.”
Ofobike further explained that the group’s demand for elections to be conducted into the national officers is to stave off further impunity.
“The Alliance of ANLCA Associates Western Zone do hereby declare that we are no longer comfortable seeing Tony lju Nwabunike led suspended NECOM continue to pelt mud of impunity on our head earned reputation.”
According to Ofobike, the Nwabunike suspended led NECOM sins include the following:
“Tony Iju Nwabunike led suspended NECOM’s suspicious Hub-Nob with a non friendly individual and group in a contentious association with ANLCA.
“Under his watch, he subjected ANLCA to a near subservience, running to a splinter organization to take briefs on how ANLCA decisions should be made.
“Tony lju Nwabunike has subjected ANLCA to an extension of NAGAFF and this is not acceptable by this group. His indiscretions have eroded ANLCA’s reputation into near oblivion.
“We are poised at this juncture to recover ANLCA’s dwindling fortunes, reputations and relevance in the industry.
“Non challance and zero interest in the well being of ANLCA members and continued parading themselves despite the restraining order FHC/L/CS/921/2020 by Justice Aikawa.”