ANLCA President blames Customs for mushrooming of associations

Prince Olayiwola Shittu President of ANLCA

Nigeria Customs Service and the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) have been blamed for the rising spectre of myriads of customs brokers/freight forwarders associations in the Nigerian maritime industry.
Prince Olayiwola Shittu, National President of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) recently made this assertion in his Lagos office in an exclusive interview with PortNewsNigeria.
According to him, every new customs agents union thrives because, at inception, it has the blessing of the Nigeria Customs Service, while the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria chooses to make no pronouncement.
“When the International Freight Forwarders Association (IFFA) was to be inaugurated at the KLT, the CG of Customs mandated the Command’s Customs Area Controller to represent him at the function, which means he was supporting them and encouraging mushrooming of associations”, noted Shittu while wondering about the nonchallant attitude of CRFFN to this development.
“I dont think CRFFN should recognise the mushroom bodies, but it chooses to make no proclamation about them”.
On the recently introduced Practioneers Operating Fees (POF) by the CRFFN, Shittu said he would not comment since ANLCA had sued the Government body to court over the fee, but suspected that the emergence of many associations may have pecuinary motives not unconnected to the POF.
The ANLCA President however warned that members of such new associations should count themselves technically deregistered as members of ANLCA. “If you wake up and register another association, then you cannot be in ANLCA again” , he declared.

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