…Urges Him to Pay Attention to Maritime Economy
Former President of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) and Chairman of Skelas Group, Prince Olayiwola Shittu has felicitated with the Nigerian President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, charging him to pay attention to the maritime industry as a solution to the dwindling Nigerian economy.
In a congratulatory message issued on Friday, Shittu noted that before now, customs brokers and freight forwarders who are the main revenue generator for the government have been treated shabbily and abandoned.
He urged the President-elect to pay more attention, and reform all retrogressive policies working against the sector.
“On behalf of myself and my professional friends and progressive minded Customs Brokers in the Maritime Industry, l wish to felicitate with you and your Vice President-elect, Kashim Shetimma Mustapha for your victory at the just concluded presidential election, under the umbrella of the All Progressive Congress party (APC).
“I consider it a privilege to join hundreds of millions of Nigerians home and abroad, as well as well-wishers in congratulating you on your victory at the 2023 presidential election. I am optimistic that at the end of the day, you will bring everybody onboard for the huge rebuilding that awaits you.
“Your victory didn’t come on a platter of gold, the discerning knows that in your characteristic manner, you prepared and fought well for it, alongside likeminded progressives through painstaking strategy, commitment and years of political bridge building.
“With your antecedent as an uncommon economic builder combined with your fine leadership acumen, we are hopeful that you will pay more than a passing interest on the maritime economy, which represents a bulwark of the national economy; in view of the changing fortunes of our crude staying economic power.
“As a customs broker l enjoin you most respectfully to consider giving the freight industry the right encouragement for operators to improve on revenue collection. Hitherto revenue brokers have been left with the feelings that they don’t matter despite being the real revenue collectors in all customs trade.
“As progressive players, revenue collectors can achieve much more if your administration offers them the right encouragement through the remodeling of retrogressive policies and the retooling of the benefits dynamics; plus purposeful and mutually responsible stakeholders’ engagement that has sadly, assumed a master-servant status.
“I am confident that you hold the leadership application to driving our economy and democracy on the right direction, through unwavering commitment.
“The customs brokerage and freight industry looks forward to working harmoniously with your administration to raise the bar in revenue generation through a purposeful, mutually beneficial relationship” the message read