National President ANLCA, Hon. Iju Tony Nwabunike

National President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents ANLCA, Iju Tony Nwabunike has felicitated with Muslims in Nigeria’s maritime community, especially those within the Customs Brokerage and freight forwarding segment as Nigeria joins other Muslims across the world to celebrate this year’s Eid-el Kabir.

The President in a message, which centred around collective attitude on the part of Nigerians towards building a strong and virile national economy, argued that the country will achieve her projected $250billion annual Gross Domestic Product GDP by the end of 2020 only if all hands are on deck.

While admonishing the maritime practitioners on the need to always keep the flag flying, observed that the Customs Brokers and freight forwarders played crucial roles in the generation of over N500billion half year revenue for the first half of 2020 by Nigeria Customs Service in addition to ensuring that goods arrived importers’ warehouses after exiting our ports through seamless logistic services.

He also commended them for keeping the economy moving, contributing to government’s revenue, helping to sustain employment and keeping the cycle of commerce moving even at the risk of their personal safety, especially in this season of coronavirus pandemic.

He also argued that most of the freighters in their own little ways have shown love  to the maritime, aviation, general transportation and the logistics chain in particular and the national economy at large through commitment and strong faith in the Nigerian project.

The message reads in part: “While joining the world to celebrate this feast of sacrifice and selfless giving, let’s not lower our guard in respect of preventing the spread of COVID-19, which has altered the global economy, religious order and social lifestyles.

“I warmly greet you all on this year’s occasion of Eid -el Kabir celebrations which come with very symbolic messages capable of reinforcing your faith in the Almighty Allah and strengthening your belief in His unseen but felt helping hands at all times.

“Your sacrifice, which symbolises total obedience to our Creator’s directives, has become acceptable standards as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim who moved to sacrifice his son without querying Allah until an alternative sacrifice was provided.

“Most of you have shown love for our country and the maritime, aviation, general transport and total logistics industries through selfless commitment to our  import- dependent economy by being out there working as essential service providers even in the face of lockdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You have kept the economy moving, contributing to government revenue, helping to sustain employment and keeping the cycle of commerce moving while abiding by safety precautions as advised by National Centre for Disease Control NCDC.

“As Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders , we contributed immensely to the realisation of over N500billion half year, 2020 revenue by Nigeria Customs Service and ensured that goods arrived importers’ warehouses after exiting our ports through seamless logistic services.

“Our professionalism and excellence in the face of logistics constraints such as bad roads, suspended rail services for cargo movement, unfriendly and exploitative practices by shipping companies and terminal operators truly stands us out as economic caregivers.

“We have roles to play in helping Nigeria attain her dreamed $250billion annual GDP by the end of 2020. While we join the rest of the world to celebrate this feast of sacrifice and selfless giving, let’s not lower our guards towards curtailing the spread of the virus in the country that has altered our global economy, religious orders and social lifestyles.

“Remember to observe the safety guidelines of regular hand washing, frequent use of hand sanitisers, avoid large gatherings, keeping to physical distance rules and wearing of”