As the Association of Nigeria License Customs Agent (ANLCA) election campaign rolls on, the Northern Zone of the association which comprising of Abuja and Kano Chapters have all endorsed the presidential candidacy of Dr Farinto Collins Kayode and his team as their preferred candidates in the ANLCA July 5 NECOM election.
The two chapters who play host to the Dr Farinto Collins led campaign team said with his antecedents and being the only candidate that have come to seek their votes , they have endorsed him and his team as their sole candidates.
At the Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, the ANLCA Acting National President said that henceforth each port , airport and land borders will be treated on his peculiarity if elected to office. He told his members that freight forwarding is a noble profession and urged them to be compliance and professional in their duties.
While asking for their votes and that of other contestants, he said the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s government is ready to listen to freight forwarders, as he and some other chieftains of the association are making efforts to make sure the freight forwarding profession is giving it’s rightful place among professional associations.
Farinto said ” you are very important, you are the one who go up and down looking for importers to bring in goods, you are the one paying the duty to government through your importers, Customs is just to calculate and determine what you have to pay, they are not the one generating the revenue, but yet we are not treated well, especially in taking decisions that affects our profession, this must stop.
” We are happy that we were called upon to make our inputs by the House of Representatives Committee on Customs in the amendment of the CEMA by the last National Assembly, and our prayers were carried in the new CEMA which includes renewal of your license which is now four years instead of yearly , this is the way to go “, Farinto assured.
On the coming NECOM election, the ANLCA Acting National President urged the Abuja airport members to vote for a team that will move the association forward and promised that if he is elected his ten point agenda for the association which includes tackling the challenges faced by freight forwarders, welfare of members among others will be carried out for the benefit of all members.
Responding , the ANLCA Chapter chairman of the Abuja, International Airport, Alhaji Abdulaziz . said he and his members are voting for Dr Farinto Collins, having known his antecedents and progressive leadership he has made in ANLCA. He said there is no better candidate for the election in ANLCA now than Dr Farinto Collins.
The high point of the event was a courtesy visit to the Customs Area Controller of the Federal Capital Territory Command ( FCT), Comptroller FN Ogar-Modey who thanked the team for the visit and also pray for them to win the election.
Meanwhile to be more closer to his members in Kano and the Northern Zone,Dr Farinto Collins have promised to apart from the Zonal Coordinator North, appoint a Presidential Liaison Officer for Kano Chapter and the Northern Zone if elected into office in the July 5th NECOM election of the association.
The promised came after myriad of complains from the Kano Chapter members that the national body of ANLCA abandoned them. But in a quick intervention with apology, Farinto appeal to them that due to the crises that rocks the association in the last five years, which leads to destruction of the the association’s national Secretariat and attack on some members, the NECOM had to put up strong resilience to protect and prevent those he called “Camp Boys” from forcefully taking over the association and that prevented them from making visits to the zone.
Farinto said though , he and the NECOM were not able to visit them in Kano, but the association leadership was puting up strong defense for members professional wellbeing. He said the association put up about eight prayers at the National Assembly amendment of the newly assented Customs Excise and Management Act ( CEMA) amendment one which now requires members license renewal to be done once in four years instead of the former yearly renewal.
He promised that ,if elected the association first National Executive Council ( NEC) meeting in 2024 will be held in Kano State and he will implement his 10 point agenda contained in his manifesto which includes tackling members operational challenges, welfare and wellbeing of members, training and retraining, collaboration, among others.
Speaking to collaborate Farinto’s position , the respected leader of the Northern Zone and former BOT member , Alhaji Isah Aliyu who said he has seen it all in ANLCA, urged members to vote for Farinto as the only candidate that can lead ANLCA for now. He inform his members that if not for the strong leadership prowess of Dr Farinto Collins during the crises , enemies of ANLCA could have destroyed the association. He said Farinto is their candidate in Kano and no other.
In their responses, the Chapter Chairman of Kano , Alhaji AbdulAzeez Abdulraman and other members who spoke promised to vote for Dr Farinto Collins team as according to them,is the only team that they know can lead the new ANLCA.
Among the contestants that make the Kano trip are Alhaji Lameen Aliyu, vying as Northern Zone Coordinator, Chief Lawrence Uba and CHIEDU NGWUBE,vying for National Secretary, Alhaji Afolabi Abdulazeez, for Treasurer, Segun Alabi for Assistant National Secretary and Emmanuel Onyeme for NPS.
The high point of the event was the visit to the Kano/ Jigawa Customs Area Controller, Comptroller SK Dangaladima and his Post Clearance Audit ( PCA) counterpart, Comptroller AA. Okeke. Both were exited to received the team led by Farinto and they all prayed for them to win in the election.