…Says he should not be taken seriously
…NECOM still in power and in control
The Acting National President of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, Dr. Kayode Farinto has said that the Chairman of the association’s Board of Trustees, BoT, Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha has no powers under the Constitution of ANLCA to dissolve the National Executive Committee, NECOM.
Farinto who was reacting to the news making the rounds in the internet of the purported dissolution of the NECOM by Alhaji Mustapha, said in a statement in Lagos on Friday that he should not be taken serious as the alleged dissolution of NECOM was a deliberate act to embarrass ANLCA and create disaffection within their circle.
He, however, disclosed that following an emergency National Executive Committee, NEC Meeting of ANLCA held at Rockview Hotel, Wuse 2, Abuja on 12th July, 2023, a number of issues including the tenure of the present NECOM were resolved.
According to him, the NEC was well attended in that all chapters of ANLCA across the country were represented.
Farinto further informed that the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria, CRFFN and other freight forwarding associations were represented at the NEC meeting by the Registrar of CRFFN, Mrs. Chinyere Uromta who was present from the beginning to the end, and even made some remarks.
He continued, “Taiwo Mustapha sent a letter in which he sent his apology and regretted his absence. His letter was read on his behalf by Prince Ozo Chukwura. So, technically, Taiwo Mustapha participated in the NEC.”
Noting that the NEC Meeting which was presided over by him, discussed the tenure of the National Executive Committee, NECOM, he said, “NEC considered the letter from Association Electoral Committee (ASECO) demanding for at least 30 days to enable her conduct a credible election.
“In line with that, Dr. Uche Ohaegbuchulam, ANLCA Chairman, Calabar Chapter, supported by Alhaji Abdulrasheed, the Chairman of Kano Chapter moved a motion that the tenure of the present NECOM should be extended by another three months. There was no counter from any NEC members present and consequently, it was resolved that the tenure of the EXCO will now expire on the 16th day of October, 2023.
“The letter from Customs Consultative Council intimating NEC of a Peace and Reconciliation Committee on ANLCA crisis that the Council has constituted, a committee which will sit at the Conference Hall of Transcorp Hilton on the 19th July, 2023 to look into ANLCA crisis. Their terms of reference is to find lasting peace in ANLCA. NEC considered the letter from the Council signed by Aare Akeem Olarenwaju and unanimously agreed to cooperate with the Council to assist the process.
“I am aware that Taiwo Mustapha has been briefed on the outcome of the Meeting by Prince Ozo Chukwura. I am surprised that Taiwo Mustapha allegedly took out the Press Statement which purportedly dissolved NECOM. He has no such powers to do so and he should not be taken seriously.”
He went on to add that the Abuja NEC meeting was one in which every participant left at the end extremely satisfied and industry watchers impressed.
Farinto who is also a member of the CRFFN Governing Council maintained that “ANLCA is an association with Constitution and we have sworn to adhere and protect the Constitution and I and the entire NECOM will not fall short of this responsibility. No one should worry, as NECOM is in power and in control.”
“Finally, it is necessary to emphasize and inform the general public that NEC is the highest decision making organ of ANLCA hence its decision is not only sacrosanct but binding on all genuine members of our association”, he added.
Photo: Dr. Kayode Farinto, Acting National President, ANLCA.
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