The newly elected National Executive Committee (NECOM) of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) on Friday took a facility tour of the Association National Secretariat “Dikko Inde House” at Amuwo Odofin in Lagos State.
The new NECOM which was led by the National President, Mr
Emenike Nwokeoji in hitting the ground running was satisfied at the state of the Secretariat and promised to give it a new look to give the best for ANLCA members.
In his victory speech, Emenike has said the election is no victor , no vanquish as the victory is for all ANLCA members.
He said “It is with a heart full of gratitude to God that I thank you all for finding me and other members of NECOM worthy to pilot the affairs of our great Association in the new dispensation.
“What happened yesterday ( Thursday) was a manifestation that God has finally smiled on ANLCA that our years of woes are over.
Before us lies an opportunity to rebuild/restore our association and regain our voice in the freight forwarding sub-sector as well as the Maritime industry in general.
“These five years of ANLCA wilderness ought to have taught us a very crucial lesson being that strife and divisiveness cannot move us an inch forward as a formidable association.
“We cannot afford this type of distraction and destruction again because even as it lasted, it impacted adversely on all of us hence we must close ranks.
“We must now be focused on how to take our association and profession to the next positive level through effective advocacy, human capacity building and professionalisation.
“In the bid to realize the above and other derivables, I wish to declare that the result of yesterday’s election is a victory for ANLCA hence all sentiments about groups, camps and divides should now be a thing of the past. ANLCA is one big family. No victor, no vanquished!
“Most sincere I use this opportunity to appreciate Dr. Kayode Farinto and his team for their high level show of sportsmanship. We shall run an open and all inclusive administration. Any member with useful ideas is hereby assured that our doors and ears are open and receptive.
“May the Almighty God continue His divine work in ANLCA”, the ANLCA National President prayed.
Meanwhile, the new ANLCA NECOM has paid a courtesy visit to the former National President of ANLCA, Prince Olayinwola Shittu in his office in Lagos.
Shittu who is regarded as President Emeritus of the association said he was happy to receive the new NECOM. While offering words of advice to them, he reiterated the need for them to work together and close ranks. He charged the new president to share out responsibilities and follow-up so people will not lie on his head.
Shittu commended the sportsmanship spirit of Dr Farinto Collins Kayode, the immediate past Vice President and Presidential Candidate at the concluded election, saying he was moved by his spirit of sportsmanship that is rare in Nigeria today. He urged the new president to reach out to him.
Also speaking, Alhaji Dayo Azeez, a BOT member advice the new NECOM to work for ANLCA, saying that campaign is over now, no more groups , but one ANLCA. He urged the National President to hit the ground running by addressing challenges of members in the field.
In his response, the ANLCA National President, Emenike Nwokeoji, thanked Prince Olayiwola Shittu and others for their support and advice and promised to always consult. He said there is no more ENSO or KAYFAR, but one ANLCA. He promised to work with everybody to bring back the lost glory of ANLCA.
On the visit were the new NECOM members and some chieftains of ANLCA.