We are ready to receive more members -ANLCA
A former Chairman of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Tincan Island Chapter, Chief Jude Maduka and 9 others members of NAGAFF have resigned their membership of NAGAFF and joined the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA).
Speaking in an interview with Primetime Reporters at the National Secretariat of ANLCA in Lagos on Tuesday at the end of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the association, the National Publicity Secretary of ANLCA, Dr Farinto Kayode said “in as more members are willing to join ANLCA, they are welcomed. We unanimously received Chief Jude Maduka and others with a great joy and warmth back to the place where they belonged. They have been officially cleared and have met all the necessary requirements for their membership”.
“ANLCA has gain international recognition for decades and we have been able to maintain, sustain our reputation and integrity. We are highly respected when it comes to decision taking or at any August gathering within and outside maritime industry both locally and internationally. Every ANLCA member is very proud of our association. In respect of the associations they are resigning from ANLCA hands are open to receive more”, he said.
Dr. Farinto also disclosed that the former President of the association, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo who is the current President of Nigerian Football Supporters Club was in attendance at the day’s meeting where he announced that his club had nominated the incumbent President of ANLCA, Prince Olayiwola Shittu as their Patron adding that the date for the investiture would be communicated to the public in due course.
On the issue of the current impasse between the ANLCA, Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) and the Concerned Accredited Freight Forwarders Associations (CAFFA) regarding the Practitioners’ Operation Fees (POF), he noted that the Inspection General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase had invited all the interested parties for a meeting at Abuja.
The ANLCA spokesman further said that the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Mohammed Bashir had also invited the leadership of all the registered freight forwarding associations to a meeting at Abuja on Friday to further discuss issues relating to the Practitioners’ Operating Fees of the CRFFN.
Farinto informed that ANLCA also drew the attention of the Inspector General of Police to the unwarranted, unlawful arrest and detention of his members’ containers by a Police Officer (name withheld) at Area B Police Station at Apapa who was allegedly working outside her jurisdiction of the Ports Authority Police Command.
He maintained that the said Officer was in the habit of writing directly to the Shipping Companies at the Ports asking them to withhold containers of the members of the association on the pretence that the containers were suspect thereby delaying trade at the ports.
He pointed out that the leadership of the association had directed its members to submit to the Natioal Secretariat of ANLCA, the amount they incurred as demurrage as a result of the delays posed by the activities of the said Officer with the sole aim of pressing charges against her.
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