By DAPO OLAWUNI
National President of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) Chief Tony Iju has revealed that if not for licensed customs agents and freight forwarders, it would have been difficult for the Nigeria Customs Service to realise its N500billion half year revenue.
Iju stated this in a goodwill message to Muslim customs brokers and freight forwarders on occasion of the 2020 Eid El Kabir celebration.
The ANLCA President urged his members not to relent, adding that they still have roles to play in helping Nigeria atain her expected Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 250 Billion US Dollars by the end of 2020.
In the message, Iju said “Most of you have shown love for our country and the maritime, aviation, general transport and total logistics industries through selfless commitment to our Importation dependent economy by being out there working as essential service providers even in the face of lockdown in the wake of the Covid19 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 Center for Disease Control (NCDC)
“As customs brokers and freight forwarders , we contributed immensely to the realisation of over N500b half year revenue collection by Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and ensured goods arrived importers warehouses after exiting our ports through seamless logistics”
“Our professionalism and excellence in the face of logistics constraints like 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 atraining her expected Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 250 Billion US Dollars by the end of 2020. Let’s keep our eyes on the ball”
“While joining the world to celebrate this feast of sacrifice and selfless giving, let’s not lose our guard against the Corona Virus that has altered our global economy, religious orders and social lifestyles” Iju stated