The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has rejected the donation of N100, 000 to her by the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) saying that the association should first go and cater for its members before donating to ANLCA.
In a press release signed by the ANLCA National President, Mr Tony Iju Nwabunike, ANLCA said its attention was drawn to a press release from NAGAFF published on Tuesdayin the media, announcing COVID-19 donations to some associations, Lagos and Federal Governments.
Tony admonished NAGAFF, saying that the association should not take advantage of the COVID-19 period to show off. He urged the association to take a cue from ANLCA who have been in the forefront of giving to the less privileged without announcing it.
Suffices to say that ANLCA was established in 1958 as the foremost licensed customs agents association in Nigeria. Other four freight forwarding associations including NAGAFF, had branched out from ANLCA.
In the statement, the ANLCA President said “While appreciating the magnanimity of NAGAFF to make these donations at this period, we ask that the amount donated to ANLCA be ploughed back into NAGAFF in helplng to achieve a befitting operating environment for it and It‘s operatives”
“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 media show or hype of It”
“l must say, we have not stopped giving because 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 world hereafter.
“Whereas you did announce In your statement that the listed beneficiaries of your donations should contact “The Undersigned’, don’t expect Federal and Lagos State Governments to contact you because they are engrossed in managing effect of the pandemic and containing it’s spread”
“Like many donor organisations and individuals are doing, move forward to the governments and make your donations to them. Don’t wait for them to come to you” Tony advised NAGAFF