In a bid to provide respite to its members on issues regarding conflicts between clearing agents and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), including issues relating to government warehouses, the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has appointed Mr Olawale Cole, as the Senior Special Adviser to the National President on government warehouses.
In the letter of appointment signed by the National secretary of the association, Babatunde Mukaila, he said the appointment takes immediate effect while urging the newly appointed SSA to see it as a call to duty and not as a tool for self aggrandisement.
“I have been directed in line with Section 7(g) of ANLCA Supreme Constitution 2020 as amended to convey the approval of Mr. President for your appointment as reference above and as a Sub-Coordinator Western Zone of Presidential Monitoring Task Force (PMTF).
“Congratulation sir, however, you are enjoined to see this appointment as a call to duty(s) and not as a tools for seif-aggrandizement nor to victimized any ANLCA members. Your appointment takes immediate effect,” Mukaila said in the letter announcing the Cole’s appointment.
However, Cole, In a chat with newsmen yesterday said the appointment was service to humanity, stating that the role as a sub-coordinator on Presidential Monitoring Taskforce is to support the chapters in their activities in facilitating clearing process, where there are hiccups or misunderstanding between the customs and clearing agents or within the chapters .
He said the presidential task force will intervene to ensure a smooth free trade facilitation at the port.
He said his appointment is with immediate effect stating that a presidential task force team will be set up soon to work with him at all government warehouses.
“This is a sub coordinator role as Presidential monitoring task force, in western zone on all government warehouses
“The role is to support the chapters in their activities in facilitating clearing process, incase there is hiccups or misunderstanding between the customs and clearing agents or within the chapters anybody that calls for our intervention, we can always come in and assist.
“We are going to put many things in place, we are going to get an operational bus, we are going to put up the presidential task force members that will work with me in all government warehouses and any chapter chairman or any of our members that call on us for assistance we will always be there to help out”.