A lasting solution may have finally been found to the protracted leadership tussle in the Board of Trustees of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents as Igbo elders have decided to go for a Yoruba candidate as Chairman of the Board.
It could be recalled that for several weeks after the inauguration of the new leadership of ANLCA under the presidency of Mr. Tony Iju Nwabunike in March, heaven was almost let loose over who became the Chairman of the Board with Yourba and Igbo factions squaring up against each other in a nerve-wracking tug-of-war which was eventually doused by dexterous manouvers of President Nwabunike. Status quo was advised to be maintained.
But in a press release made available to Portnews 9th July 2018 and jointly signed by Messrs Ben Nwokeka, Chief Achike Molokwu, Chief Boniface Okoye, and High Chief B.C. Nwachukwu, the Igbo Maritime Elders Forum came to a resolution based on an earlier Memorandum of Understanding to cede the Chairman of the ANLCA BOT to the Yoruba while Vice Chairman and Secretary shall be Igbo personalities.
”That for equity, harmony and peace to reign amongst members of the Board and ANLCA in general, we resolved that the Board Chairman shall be a Yoruba person, the Board Vice Chairman should be an Igbo person, while the Board Secretary shall be an Igbo person,” the statement noted.
Igbo Maritime Elders also counselled that leadership positions, especially that of the chairman into chapter and zonal offices in subsequent ANLCA elections in 2018 and 2019 shall be allotted proportionately among the Igbo, Yoruba, North and South South indigenes respectively. This, they averred, will enthrone peace, love and togetherness amongst all ANLCA members nationally.