No More Closing Down Of Ports —ANLCA

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“The era of closing down the port to ventilate your grievances is over,” says the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) Tin Can chapter. “These are modern days of trade facilitation through collaboration and dialogue, and we intend to toe this line of peaceful co-existence without necessarily compromising our integrity,” the association added.

The resolution of the association was a fall-out of the orchestrated attacks and campaign of calumny being waged against the leadership of the association, which has now emboldened its officials to support the sanitisation of the cargo documentation and delivery process at the port.

The Chairman of ANLCA, Tin Can Chapter, Mr Kayode Farinto, said that some disgruntled elements within the fold of the Freight Forwarders confraternity had embarked on a smear campaign against top officers of the association over what he called, the principled stand on the reformation drive of the Customs high command.

“Those who have lost out in the new sanitised system at the port, those who were caught on the wrong side of Customs reforms programme have intensified their attacks on us (ANLCA, Tin Can Executive Council) for supporting the process and refusing their overtures to collaborate with them to sabotage the process. They were distraught by the sudden realisation that the game is up and it is no longer business as usual,” the ANLCA chief declared.

He said those he considered as fifth columnists within the freight forwarding profession were particularly pained by their botched efforts to destabilise the port through the faceless Save Nigeria freight Forwarders and Importers Association, an action which he said the Tin Can ANLCA effectively checkmated.

In the same vein Barrister Ada Akpulonu deputy chairman, alleged that the sponsors of the unwarranted attacks were frustrated by the refusal of the leadership of the chapter to be used as tools of propaganda against the Customs high command and disrupt the fragile peace at the port.

She further claimed that the decision of the association to jettison confrontation and embrace dialogue with critical players in the industry such as the Customs, terminal operators and shipping companies, in tackling some of the problems confronting the agents in the chapter did not go down well with this set of people.

 

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