NEC: We ‘II not breach ANLCA’s constitution, National Secretary assures


…Explains why appointed Administrators are yet to assume duty

The National Secretary of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Alhaji Abdulazeez Babatunde Mukaila has assured that the National Executive Committee (NECOM) led by Chief Tony Iju Nwabunike will not breach the constitutional provision which provided that National Executive Council (NEC) shall be held at least twice a year.

It will be recalled that the last NEC meeting of the association was held in December 2018 in Abuja where some far reaching decisions bothering on the association were taken. However, the association is yet to organize any NEC meeting eight months into the year 2019 thereby necessitating fear in some quarters that the Tony Iju Nwabunike led NECOM may run foul of the constitutional provision.

But dismissing the fears in an interview with Primetime Reporters in Lagos recently, Mukaila assured that the two NEC meetings would be held before the end of the year insisting that they would not run foul of the constitution.

According to him,” We are not going to breach the constitution, the two NEC will be held. There are procedures, all these crisis and fracas, I am sure that by the first NEC this year, they will be resolved.

“It is the same opportunity we are trying to give these guys to come to NEC, table their grievances. The NEC is the highest decision making body which involves the Board, the chapters, NECOM, all committees, once the association takes a decision, you can now advance forward but hey refused to come.

“But let me just declare that we will not breach the constitution; the two NEC will be held this year.”

On why the Administrators appointed to oversee the various chapters of the association in the Western zone in the wake of the crisis that is rocking the association currently were yet to assume duty, the National Secretary observed that “Administrators have been appointed; don’t forget I told you, that the suspended people approached the court saying that they should not be suspended, that the suspension should not be administered on them. We are a law abiding association, until we determine that injunction, they have been using all kinds of tactics for the case not to be heard because after an injunction, there should be hearing of the substantive suit.

“Now, that explained part of the reasons why it has not been very easy for the administrators to move in. Not that they don’t have all the paraphernalia of office, we are trying to avoid bloodshed because somebody who knows that he has no stand will go extra mile to foment trouble. They want us to meet them at the centre of the road and start fighting. For what?

“However, if you go to MMIA, the administrator is working fine, if you to Ikorodu, the same thing. Now, out of these chapters, three of them decided that now they knew better, that they were not part of that campaign, that the advertorial they placed was regrettable and they put up a letter; Idiroko has done that, same with Ikorodu, that they were misled to have done that. Even some them claimed that their signatures were lifted, that they were not involved, nobody told them.”

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