By DAPO OLAWUNI
Tempers are currently frayed in the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) as some powerful members within the association have frowned at comments by the Founder of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) Dr Boniface Aniebonam, whom according to them is gaining control over decisions made in ANLCA.
At the inauguration of the 6th NAGAFF National President in Lagos on Monday, Dr Aniebonam said he was the one that advised ANLCA President, Tony Iju to take decision which led to the purported expulsion of some Board of Trustees (BOT) members of the association.
Tony Iju led other executives of ANLCA, including Vice President, Kayode Farinto, National Secretary, Alhaji Babatunde Mukaila as well as Hajia Bola Muse were all in attendance at the NAGAFF event.
In his keynote speech, the NAGAFF founder stated that “A leader must be able to take decision, it could be a wrong decision, but if you don’t make decision at all, then you are not a leader”
“This is why my big brother, Iju Ozobulu, when he was being disturbed in ANLCA, I told him, Tony you have to take decision, you cannot satisfy everybody”
Since Tony Iju took decision in ANLCA, do you still hear noise? Some people were expelled”
“Do you know that the problem between ANLCA and NAGAFF has always been the sharing formula? There is no much difference, only that ANLCA says that they are bigger
It took me 20 years to be able to bring my brother to my side and I said, let’s stop fighting, whatever you can offer, I can also offer it”
Recall that ANLCA had in April 2021 suspended some members of the association’s Board of Trustees (BoT); Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha, Prince Taiye Oyeniyi, Dennis Okafor including the National Publicity Secretary Adumaza Joe Sanni, who is a member of the elected National Executive Committee (NECOM) of the association for alleged gross misconduct and deliberate assassination of the character of the President and other members of the National Executive Committee.
Sources within ANLCA who spoke with DAILY TREND NEWS under anonymity disclosed that “Tony Iju is going to face a fresh round of crisis that would eventually lead to his exit from the association because he has sold ANLCA cheap to NAGAFF”
They alleged that going by Dr Aniebonam’s comments on Monday, it is becoming clear that Tony Iju is playing out a script by the NAGAFF founder to decimate ANLCA in order for Aniebonam to gain full control of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN)
“The agenda of Tony right from the onset was to come and destroy ANLCA, he is working in partnership with Aniebonam to achieve this, but we would not allow it, he is obviously being influenced and playing the script of Aniebonam” the source stated
Our correspondent also gathered that ANLCA members under its Western Zone have already held a meeting on Wednesday where some critical decisions on the association has been taken.