Chinazor Megbolu |
The National President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Hon. Iju Tony Nwabunike has told the newly inaugurated chapter executives to be wary of impostors who may want to parade themselves as members of Board of Trustees.
He disclosed this on Tuesday during the inauguration of the new team of the Muritala Mohammed International Airport Wing Chapter, Ikeja, Lagos State, whose tenure will elapse after 90 days on interim level.
Nwabunike in his speech warned them against impostors who will come in the name of board members to threaten them while admonishing them not to give in to the antics of such characters but instead report to the national headquarters of the association.
He noted that ANLCA has no Board of Trustees at the moment, promising to form a new board in a month’s time.
Nwabunike explained that the tenure of the last board of six years has since expired and anybody parading himself as a board member now, may go to jail.
“Please know your right, if anyone comes to you to threaten you with Police or any security agency, is not your fight, just inform me or any member of the National Executive.
“It’s not your fight, it’s our fight. So, don’t be intimidated, follow the Association’s constitution. People will come with different stories, don’t mind them, just know your right”.
He, in the course of the swearing ceremony of the newly formed interim chapter, said they will serve for 90 days before an election that will usher in the first set of elected executives into the chapter will take place.
Nwabunike maintained that it’s in the habit of ANLCA to open new chapters where and whenever the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) creates new Commands.
He buttressed that the aforementioned led to splitting the former Muritala Mohammed Airport Command into two and charged them to perform their functions appropriately.
Nwabunike further stressed that the current inauguration of the new chapter is the third the ANLCA has done in the last two weeks in Kano and Abuja International Airports through democratic elections.
Armed with the ANLCA supreme constitution, he referred the new chapter Executives to various sections of the Constitution and the powers of both the President and the NECOM.
Nwabunike, while guiding them through the association’s constitution, referred them to Section 30 (1), which stipulates the Emergency Powers of the President.
According to Nwabunike; “the Executive President shall in the exercise of his emergency power have the power to suspend a Chapter Executive that fails to fulfill their obligations to the National headquarters and appoint immediately a caretaker from amongst the other members of the chapter as an administrator and report same at the next NEC.
“Where any issue or matter arises which is not covered or contemplated in this constitution, the BOT and or NECOM shall have power to take decision for immediate resolution of the issue or matter in the best interest of the Association and report same to next NEC meeting”.
Meanwhile, the National Vice President, ANLCA, Kayode Farinto while addressing the new interim executives, noted that the ANLCA train is moving so fast that anyone who misses it now, will be left behind.
He averred that the NECOM will not spare any Chapter Executive who circumvents the ANLCA Constitution.
Moreover, the National Secretary, Alhaji Abdulazeez Mukaila and the Financial Secretary, Hajia Bola Muse counselled them concerning their offices and the association.
The new executive members, who were administered with the oath of office to pioneer the chapter are; Olisaemeka Ugwunze, Chairman, Mr. Maruf Edun, Vice Chairman, Mr. Tayo Ogundare, Secretary, Mrs. Ruth Ikeme Chukwukezirim, Treasurer, and Mr. Kayode Joseph, Chukwuemeka Nwachukwu and Christopher Oloko as members.