Following the recent disagreement between the Association Electoral Committee, ASECO and the Board of Trustees, BoT of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA on the modalities for the forthcoming National Executive Committee, NECOM election of the association, the Customs Consultative Council, CCC has again held a crucial meeting with all the stakeholders in ANLCA.
The meeting which was held in Lagos on Wednesday was aimed at addressing the fallouts from the implementation of the peace accord initiated by the CCC and to harmonize and agree on the modalities for the coming NECOM election.
Rising from the meeting, it was resolved that ample time be given for ASECO not to undertake a hurried or hasty election and in the process make mistakes. In view of the above, the election was extended by two weeks from the date of the meeting and is expected to hold between the 6th and 7th September, 2023.
The meeting also resolved that a total of ninety-three (93) members namely: sixty-one (61) chapter executive, eight (8) Board of Trustees members and -four aspirants be listed as voters in the coming election. It added that the list will be subject to ratification in line with the Supreme Constitution of ANLCA 2013 as shall be published by ASECO.
It was further resolved that ASECO shall first publish a provisional voters list and give grace for verifications and reactions by the concerned party, and thereafter, can go ahead to publish the final voters list.
“All eligible voters must be subjected to screening by ASECO. In the same manner, the aspirants across camps are at liberty to screen the published voters list with consideration to eligibility of such enlisted licenses.
“That at the end of this process, the BOT, the Sole Administrator and the ASECO should write their reports just as the CCC shall also write its own report of the meeting outcome.
“That while considering any workable option towards arriving at a generally acceptable election modality, that the adopted ANLCA Supreme Constitution must not lose its essence, wherefore any election option or modalities must be in compliance with the stipulations of the Constitution 2013. Wherefore, for emphasis sake, all flexible considerations must not mean a deliberate intent to undermine the Constitution but rather a path to finding peace for a common good.
“That the BOT should use its position to raise fund to make up the financial shortfall of N5 million required by the ASECO to execute the election”, a communique issued by the Secretary, Customs Consultative Council and former, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF Dr. Eugene Nweke read.
While urging the stakeholders of ANLCA to make sacrifices and be committed to protecting the corporate image of the association and preserve the professional interest, the meeting advised the Sole Administrator to assist the ASECO with necessary information needed for a positive outcome.
Those in attendance to the meeting include: Aare Hakeem Olarenwaju Rff – CCC Chairman; DCG Austen Warikoru – CCC Nominated Presiding Officer; Dr Eugene Nweke – CCC Secretary; HRH Eze Amb. Damian Obianigwe – Special Invited Guest; Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha – BOT Chairman; Chief Sir Ernest Elochukwu – BOT Member; Prince Ozo Chukwura – BOT Vice Chairman; Mr. Eniola Igbariola – BOT Member and Chief Emenike Nwokeoji – Presidential Aspirant.
Others include: Prince Segun Oduntan – Vice Presidential Aspirant; Dr Farinto Kayode – Presidential Aspirant; Chief Dennis Okwu – Vice Presidential Aspirant; Alhaji Mukiala Abdulazeez – Sole Administrator; Nze Aloy Igwe – ASECO Chairman; Mr Obe Samuel Oluwole – ASECO Member; Mr. Lekan Babalola – ASECO Member; Mr Elochukwu Obiora Emmanuel – ASECO Member; Mr. Fatimehin Tope – ASECO Member and Mr. Mustapha Yakubu – ASECO Member.
Photo: Members of the Customs Consultative Council, CCC and ANLCA stakeholders during the meeting at Rockview Hotels, Apapa, Lagos on Wednesday.
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