RE: ABUSE OF PRIVILEGES BY ANLCA – THE NEED TO EXERCISE CAUTION

PRESS RELEASE

 

RE:   ABUSE OF PRIVILEGES BY ANLCA – THE NEED TO EXERCISE CAUTION

 

The attention of The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has been drawn to a paid public announcement, on the radio frequency moderation 103.5 in its programme SHIPS and PORTS on RADIO, by the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agent (ANLCA) informing the freight forwarders and the general public especially the Customs Brokers, that henceforth the ongoing in-house training programme by the Nigeria Customs service at its National Secretariat has suddenly become critical prerequisite for the renewal of license, this announcement is misleading and in our view is  tantamount to abuse of privilege.

 

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) wishes to appreciate the fact that, indeed ANLCA secretariat bears the name of the present Comptroller General of Customs, as ‘‘Inde Dikko House’’, but that has not officially conferred on ANLCA as secretariat as enlisted/extended training college of the Nigeria Customs Service.

 

The ongoing training at Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agent (ANLCA) secretariat is an in-house training programme, hence, a tutored national training programme of the service is expected to be observed and undertaken at the different Customs training colleges nationwide, as Customs Agency Legislation is not limited to Lagos operations alone.

 

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), by our inform position is aware that the Nigeria Customs administration is one that thrives and being optimally administered via official circulars, legal notices and memos, therefore, it is pertinent to state here that, there is no existing memo conferring on ANLCA or its National Secretariat the status as a ‘‘training centre’’ for certification purposes, issued there from nor  to serve as an official requirement for licensing regulations, applications, hence the renewal requirement is determined by the License Inspection department of the services.

 

It has become necessary to caution that, there is no where it has ever become administrative for a professional association to assume position of the mouth piece of any government agency, how much more a critical stakeholder in the international supply chain, like the Nigeria Customs Service.

 

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), wishes to advice our sister association- ANLCA not to abuse the good gestures and intents of the Comptroller General of Customs, whereby such are reduced intents to a mere instrument of industry monopoly or a tool to representing a yaoman’s job.

 

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) secretariat therefore opines that, the integrity of the Service and that of the Comptroller General of Customs must not be openly dragged into Association manipulation and intrigues so as not to whittle down its unbiased umpire posture position as enshrined in its status books.

 

 

Mr. Vincent Nnogu

National Protocol/Head of Special Duties Officer

For: NAGAFF HQ

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