National President, ANLCA, Hon. Iju Tony Nwabunike

In a rare show of magnanimity, the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents ANLCA, has announced its decision to plough back a N100, 000 donation to its sister association, the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders NAGAFF to enable it procure a conducive work environment for its leadership and members.

Recall that NAGAFF had in what stakeholders described as mischievous and derogatory, announced a N100, 000 donation to ANLCA, its parent association which it claimed was to enable it cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic currently ravaging the entire globe, including Nigeria.

However, in a letter dated April 21, 2020 and signed by the National President of the association, Hon. Iju Tony Nwabunike, ANLCA, noted that the decision of NAGAFF to donate money to it was a nice one, but argued that NAGAFF needs the money more than ANLCA, especially to enable it procure a good and conducive work environment for its leadership and members.

The ANLCA President, who also noted that members of the association at individual and corporate levels have been at the fore of charity works albeit unannounced, however noted that NAGAFF’s donations were merely on the press release as no name of a contact person was mentioned.

He also advised the leadership of the association that the Federal and Lagos State Governments are currently so busy to begin to contact anybody for donations even if a contact person was mentioned but admonished its leadership to present such donations to the governments as many other individual and corporate donors did.

The letter reads in part: “Our attention has been drawn to a press release from NAGAFF announcing cash donations as COVID-19 relief materials to government and some organisations. In the statement, which is now being published by some online news websites, the ANLCA was given a donation of N100, 000.

“While appreciating the magnanimity of NAGAFF to make these donations at this critical period, we ask that the amount donated to ANLCA be ploughed back into NAGAFF in helping it acquire a befitting operating for its members. Without sounding immodest, we wish to state that ANLCA is at the fore of supporting the less privileged at our individual and corporate levels without making a show of it as such could puncture the dignity and self- esteem of the receivers.

“We in ANLCA as a body of notable individuals in the Customs brokerage and freight forwarding profession, have stepped up giving to persons in and outside of the maritime industry without making a show or hype of it. I must say, we have not stopped giving, we owe humanity and our immediate society some degree of charity.

“We do this in the consciousness that our creator, who sees our works of charity done in secret, will reward us in the open on this earth and the world hereafter. Whereas you did not announce in your statement that the listed beneficiaries of your donations should contact ‘the undersigned’, do not expect the Federal and Lagos State Governments to contact you because they are engrossed in managing the effects of the pandemic and containing its spread.

“Like many donor organisations and individuals are doing, please move forward to the governments and make your donations to them. Do not wait for them to come to you. Once again, I thank you for giving”.