In a bid to expunge the sit tight syndrome gradually becoming the norm in the association and to ensure efficient contributions of the elected officials, the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), has reviewed the constitution to allow for a single tenure for all elected leaders.
This decision was reached earlier on Wednesday during the Annual General Meeting of the association in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
Mr. Ojo Peter Akintoye had moved the motion for the amendment of the section of the constitution which hitherto allowed for two tenures for different elective positions in the association to a single tenure which was later adopted by more than two-thirds of the ANLCA members participating at the AGM.
Similarly, the duration of the tenures were elongated with the chapter executives getting four year single tenure instead of three years, five years for National Executives instead of four years and six years single term for Board of Trustee (BOT) members.
Two-thirds of the participants a the AGM also agreed that the five years single tenure of the National Executives takes effect with the current administration and subsequent elections for BOT and Chapter executives.
Giving his opening remarks at the event, ANLCA President, Chief Iju Tony Nwabunike said ANLCA will continue to pursue the interest of members in the areas of operational challenges, and other government policies that are not favourable to the interest of maritime industry at large.
His words: “Our main agenda for the day is the BOT election. I want to use this opportunity to thank the outgoing BOT members for serving ANLCA to the best of their abilities even as I wish them well in their future endeavors.”
“For the avoidance of doubt the outgoing board was elected for 6 years tenure at the AGM in Warri on the 13th day of February, 2014.”
“In line with section 854 of CAMA, the tenure of the registered Trustees is effective from the date the Trustees were appointed or elected and terminates a month before the expiration of the Trustees tenure to enable the corporate body plan for succession. Relating this to ANLCA, the 6 years tenure of the BOT expired on 12th January, 2020.”
Owing to the need for the Nigerian business community to maximise the benefits of African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Nwabunike noted that ANLCA has received government assurances for consideration to rescind on border closure.
“ANLCA had reminded the Federal Government that AfCFTA regime which hopes to take effect from January 2021 with secretariat in Accra Ghana, will place Nigerian businesses people at disadvantage if the nation’s land borders remained closed to trade,” he added.
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