The Acting National President/ Presidential Candidate of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Dr. Farinto Collins Kayode and his entourage were greeted to a rousing welcome and fanfare when they visited the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja Chapter of the association on Tuesday.
Dr. Farinto and his team of contestants among the association’s chieftains have continued their campaign tour to various chapters of the ANLCA in preparation for the July 5, 2023 National Executive Committee (NECOM) election of the association.
Speaking to members at the Chapter’s Secretariat at the NAHCO complex, Farinto said that the crises in the association is the battle between the old and the new order in the association.
According to him, some people in the association wanted the old way of doing things to remain, but he urged members, especially the youths to rise up and protect the association and their profession.
“In the past five years, we have been in crises, the trouble is that the old people don’t want to give way to the new order, which has kept ANLCA where it is today. We must begin to do things right and protect our profession.
“Over 90% of our jobs, especially Project Cargoes heve been taken over by foreigners. How many of you even at the airport here are clearing project Cargoes? Government agencies will take decisions without involving us as critical stakeholders, all these must stop. If I am elected, everybody will be carried along in the decision making that concerns our profession”.
The ANLCA Acting National President further added that if elected, he will implement his 10 point agenda which has to do with welfare of members, training and retraining among others.
He urged them to vote for a good team that will lead the association well.
“As a member of CRFFN and Chairman Education Committee, the Act says you must have at least a Diploma in Freight Forwarding before you are allow to practice and it is going to be enforced in 2024. So we will focus on training and retraining of our members even to know how to clear dangerous Cargoes”.
“In my short period as the Acting National President, even amidst the crises, we tried our best. Please if any group of people come to you, ask them what they have done in the last two years in ANLCA. The same people who were hiring hoodlums and thugs destroying and trying to burn down the National Secretariat of ANLCA are the people who are going round claiming to want to lead you”, he said.
The highpoint of the event was the team visit to the office of the Customs Area Controller at the Airport Command.
Farinto also introduced his team of other contestants in various positions to include Chief Dennis Okwu, vying for the position of Vice President, Chief Lawrence Uba for National Secretary, Chief Chuks Okoro for Financial Secretary and Segun Alabi as Assistant National Secretary.
Alhaji Afolabi Abdulazeez who is vying for the position of National Treasurer from the chapter was officially handed over to Farinto by the Chairman of the chapter, Adewusi as their preferred candidate and ambassador.
Others are Emmanuel Onyeme for NPS and Alhaji Femi Anifowose as Western zone Coordinator.
The campaign will continue in other chapters of the Western zone as the team has already concluded campaign visits to both Eastern and Northern Zones of the association.