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Fresh Crisis looms in ANLCA As NECOM extends President tenure for another year

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Abiola Seun

Fresh crisis is currently looming in the Association of Nigerian Licenced Customs Agents (ANLCA), as the National Executive Committee (NECOM), of the association has extended the tenure of the President, Tony Iju Nwabunike and other members of the present executive.

Recall that the association has been embroiled in series of crisis since the inception of the current association, making it impossible for any progress or achievement recorded.

The crisis ranging from court cases to fracas and parallel election have rocked the association since the Nwabunike led administration.

However, the latest crisis will be the amendment of the association’s constitution in December 2020 at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Board of Trustees election held in Owerri, Imo State.

In its emergency National Executive Council (NEC), meeting held on Monday at its national secretariat in Lagos,   the amended version of the Association’s Constitution which increased the tenure of the NECOM members, including the President from three years to four years, was presented to the  members amidst commendation.

The ANLCA’s amended constitution, 2020 effected on sections 8 (a), 13(d), number 6 and Section 22 (c,d).

However, in his opening address, the President of ANLCA, Nwabunike informed the association’s NEC members who came in from all sections of the country that ANLCA will implement the yearning of its members and that of the constitution to the letter without fear or favour.

Nwabunike, who was represented by the Vice President of ANLCA, Kayode Farinto, reiterated that this regime is the only administration that has stuck to the strict compliance of the association’s constitution, saying that it  is the way to go for any association to survive.

According to the new amendments, Section 8 : TENURE OF OFFICE OF OFFICERS, the older version reads: Unless as may be otherwise provided in any part of this Constitution (a) Every officer, to whom this Constitution applies, elected or appointed with the National President, shall vacate office at the expiration of FOUR (4) calendar years, while the Chapter vacates at the expiration of THREE (3) calendar years dating from the date of assumption of office of incumbent executives .

“Any such officer may be nominated to contest for re- election for another term of four or three year’s tenure depending whether it is a national or chapter office. PROVIDED ALWAYS that he or she shall not hold the same office for more than two terms.
While the new AMENDED VERSION 2020 reads:Unless as may be otherwise provided in any part of this Constitution (a) Every officer, to whom this Constitution applies, elected or appointed with the National President, shall vacate office at the expiration of FIVE (5) calendar years, while the Chapter vacates at the expiration of FOUR (4) calendar years dating from the date of assumption of office of incumbent executives, PROVIDED ALWAYS that he or she shall not hold the same office for more than one term.
SECTION 13:BOARD OF TRUSTEES
NUMBER 5 : FUNCTIONS (d) the old Constitution states ” Appoint members of the Association Electoral Commission to be ratified by the National Executive Council and monitor all elections”
NUMBER 6: TENURE: ” A trustee shall hold office for  a term of six (6) years, unless re-elected . Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, a member of the board shall be removed if,,,,.
While the new AMENDED VERSION 2020 reads, SECTION 13:BOARD OF TRUSTEES, number 5 : FUNCTIONS (d) ” Recommend members of the Association Electoral Commission
(ASECO) to be ratified by the National Executive Council and monitor all elections”.
NUMBER 6: TENURE: ” A trustee shall hold office for a term of six (6) years, PROVIDED ALWAYS that he/she shall not hold office for more than one term.
While in Section 22 of the amended Constitution 2020,the Association further reduces the powers of the board on election matters which is believed to be the persistent bickering and infighting between the National Executive and the BOT.
In the old Constitution under SECTION 22, ELECTIONS (c) A body to be known as the Association Election Commission (ASECO) is hereby established. It’s members shall be appointed by the Board of Trustees to conduct the elections. ASECO shall in collaboration with BOT have the powers to fix the election fees and timetable.
On the contrary, the AMENDED VERSION 2020 (c) states – The election Commission (hereafter referred to as ASECO) shall have a Chairman who shall be the RETURNING OFFICER.
With the successful amendment of the ANLCA Supreme Constitution, the Tony Nwabunike led NECOM of ANLCA has recorded another milestone in repositioning the foremost Customs Brokers association in Nigeria for effective and efficient leadership structure.
Some chieftains of the association also believed that with the holistic amendment of the contentious sections of the Association’s Constitution which often pitch the Executives against the board, most of crises in the ANLCA will be over.

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