National President ANLCA, Hon. Iju Tony Nwabunike.

The National Executive Committee NECOM of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents ANLCA has said it would conduct elections into all the chapters in the Western Zone of the association within the first and second week in February, barring any change in the scheme of things.

National President of the association, who doubles as chairman of NECOM, Hon. Iju Tony Nwabunike, while speaking in a telephone interview, Wednesday, disclosed that the elections into the chapters under the Eastern Zone are currently ongoing and would likely be concluded next week to pave way for the conduct of the West Zone elections.

He noted that the NECOM concluded the elections in Northern Zone of the country, comprising Abuja and Kano in the last quarter of last year, specifically September and October before coming down to the south here.

While reacting to the purported elections by some people in the Western Zone, who, he described as ‘disgruntled former members’, he warned sternly that such a charade would not be allowed to stand.

He insisted that there has never been a faction within the association and so the issue of factional Western Zone chapters’ election does not arise in the first place.

The ‘disgruntled members’ had fixed January 14, 2021 for fresh elections into the Tin Can Island Port chapter election while bye elections were also fixed for Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Seme Border, KLT Brawal and Ikorodu Lighter Terminal chapters.

The group had also announced Chima Obi Best as the chairman of the Association Electoral Commission ASECO.

The National President had insisted that the chairman of ASECO remains Barr. Raymond Oyimba, arguing that Obi Best is not a financial member of the association and thus unqualified and unfit to hold such a crucial position in the association.

The President had in his New Year message to stakeholders on the skirmishes within the association, reminded the stakeholders that some criminal elements made murderous attempts at human lives and destroyed some property at the National Secretariat of ANLCA last year.

He however noted that the association has since moved forward without grudge and that on behalf of all members of the National Executive Committee NECOM, has forgiven the misdeeds of anyone attempting to disrupt its development agenda not only for ANLCA, but for the profession.

“ANLCA is strong and indivisible. It is in reality, the mother of every group that identifies itself as a customs license or freight forwarding body in Nigeria.

“As mother hen of the sector, our wings are wide enough to cover and cater for all. I hereby call on all aggrieved persons in our organisation to come into our warm embrace as we enter a new year. Let’s work together as one.

“No person or group is perfect. Whoever feels offended or aggrieved by our style of administration should also forgive us any perceived shortcoming on our part. We can explore continually, the channels of dialogue and tolerance as we grow older and stronger. We are one and shall continue to be so”, he also assured.