Even as the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) continues to battle the internal crisis that has engulfed it for almost two years, a new customs brokers association has sprang up.
The association is called; Advocacy for Maritime Development Association of Nigeria (AMDAN)
The association consisting of strong members and officials of ANLCA have however assured that the group is not here to compete or create rivalry with ANLCA on any way.
Speaking at the election of key officers of the association at the Carliza Hotel in Apapa Lagos yesterday, one of its Board of Trustees Member, Mr Eniola Igbaroola, Chief of Staff to ANLCA President Tony Iju cleared that the group has existed for five years until it metamorphosed last year into an association.
He said the association has been registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)
According to Igbaroola the association had started as a social club, an assemblage of Customs Brokers, the idea of the club is to promote social wellbeing of individuals and to promote our professional ethics.
He said “Since we are in the maritime sector, our main interest is to see how we can enhance the maritime sector and contribute our quota”
“The association has been in existence for five years, but we were registered with the CAC last year in order to promote our wellbeing and deepen the maritime sector”
“The club does not mean that ANLCA is disintegrated or that members interests are not being protected. In the NBA, we have female lawyers association, we have maritime lawyers and so on, does it mean their interests are not being protected in NBA? yet they did not leave the association”
“ANLCA is a very big family, we have ANLCA in Port Harcourt and everywhere, but this advocacy group is not everywhere, we have been working together and we want something that would bind us together, we all belong to ANLCA and we are not rivalling ANLCA” he said
Meanwhile the association yesterday elected new set of officials to pilot its affairs for the next two years.
At the end of the process, Mr Segun Alabi emerged as President, he defeated Mr. Mojeed Akanbi by polling 8 votes against 7 votes.
Secretary of the association is Fatimehin Oluwatope, Financial Secretary is Alhaji Popoola Hakeem, Social Secretary is Babatunde Adekoya, Treasurer is Alhaji Wasiu Azeez, the Public Relations Officer is Emmanuel Onyeme.
While addressing journalists in his victory speech, Segun Alabi who is equally the Secretary of the Association Electoral Committee (ASECO) of ANLCA said the association would be setting up its Secretariat soon.
“My aim is to first of all strengthen the relationship among our members, their welfare is very keen to us, like you all know, our trade is clearing, we intend to engage institutions and stakeholders that could help our trade, this is one of the things we quickly want to do”
“We are setting up a new Secretariat, we intend to also equip the Secretariat and ensure that it is working”
“It used to be a social club, but we metamorphosed into an association of people, who are licensed customs agents, there is nobody here that is not a director of his own company. In the next few years, we intend to bring in individuals who could help our trade, who have the same vision with us, so that together we can lift the glory of the advocates”
“What ANLCA is going through would fizzle away with time, so we should not get distracted by what is happening.
There is freedom of association everywhere, we are not rivalling any association, I have been a member of ANLCA, I am happy with what our president, Hon Tony Iju is doing”
“For now, members don’t have any social welfare, we are trying to introduce an insurance policy that would guarantee health, we used to believe that as clearing agents we cannot be pensioned, but we are talking to Insurance companies to kick start the process”