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Easter: ANLCA boss calls for love among port users 

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Segun  Oladipupo         |        
The National President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Hon. Tony Nwabunike has called for mutual love among maritime stakeholders, saying it is time to resolve all differences.

He stated this in a personal message made available to our correspondent on Thursday.

“For those of us who observed the forty days fasting that precedes Easter, it’s time to resolve not to go back to anything ungodly.”

The ANLCA boss while speaking further, called for compliance to rules of honest declaration, payment of right duty.

“I enjoin importers and agents to always pay their taxes either in the form of import duty or otherwise. It is in following in the footsteps of Jesus.

“Sincere declarations and being law-abiding will not only give the declarant and agents peace of mind, it is a way of contributing to national economic growth for common good.

“Importers and international traders should avoid bringing things that hurts the health of consumers or inflame society such as hard drugs, arms, ammunition and unwholesome or expired consumables.

“If we are sincere, laudable initiatives like the electronic call up system will be implemented with ease without the observed hiccups in it’s implementation

“Nigeria’s unemployment rate which Increased to 33.3% in last quarter 2020 from 27.1% in second quarter of last year according to National Bureau of Statistics, is not irreversible. More productive employment can be generated under an atmosphere of increased compliance

“The number of persons in the economically active or working age population (15 – 64 years of age) during the reference period of Q4, 2020 was 122,049,400 out of an estimated population of over 200 million persons.

“The maritime industry still holds the ace for supporting other economic activities and as participants in this sensitive sector, let us rise to be counted among those who improved our economy in our time

“Many are active but truly not productively engaged due to possible factors like greed causing fewer persons to hold grip on common wealth while active workers are mostly underpaid.

“Like I reiterated in my new year message, I have forgiven those who hurt me in the course of my being of service to professional colleagues. For me it is the best way to celebrate this season of love, sacrifice and soul searching reflections.

“Jesus has given us examples to emulate this season and always. May God’s love and blessings reign in our lives, families, careers and association’s now and always.

“The resurrection power God manifested in Jesus is truly a symbol of hope that things can get better than they were yesterday and opportunities in our future are limitless.

“Let’s make sacrifices for common good, be forgiving, avoid greed, run away from act of betrayal and  shun lust for earthly wealth at the detriment of common good,” he concluded.

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