One of the leading candidates for the Presidency of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Dr. Emma Ogu Oparah has unfurled his vision for the future of ANLCA and the pathway to attaining it.
Oparah said he will become the President of ANLCA if God decrees it so and he is resultantly, fervently and presently seeking the face of God.
‘I don’t have any doubt about my capability; my records in Seme Chapter speak proudly for me. I don’t go to war unprepared; I seek God’s confirmation, God’s guidance. And this is why I have never failed in any endeavour I ventured into,’ he noted.
Opara who dismissed the rumour that he had stepped down for another aspirant described it as a mischief from little minds.
He promised to emulate the good work of President Olayiwola Shittu in the aspect of capacity building, training and retraining of customs agents in the nitty gritty of modern day freight forwarding and customs brokerage practice. ‘My number one priority is to partner with the Customs, notable educational institutions, both here in Nigeria and overseas, and arrange trainings for our members in aspects of modern cargo clearance and forwarding. We are capable financially and God will assist us. Our people are resilient and brilliant and they will move up technically and intellectually after taking all these courses,’ explained Oparah.
Dr. Oparah who is the incumbent Secretary General of ANLCA praised President Shittu for his sterling and selfless leadership qualities which spurred the gargantuan achievements recorded by his administration.
‘President Shittu is leaving an indelible imprint in the sand of time. President Shittu and his team have done exceedingly well. I have learned so much working with him and the group. I intend to put this to much use as ANLCA President, in a spirit of continuity. Though one would have thought that the presidency should have naturally been bestowed on me for the sake of continuity, but like I said, God will direct me,’ he noted.
However, one area Oparah plans to work upon is the headquarters–chapter relationship. ‘I intend to improve relationship with the chapter excos, we have to close ranks like one family with one purpose and move the profession and the great association forward. And most importantly, we will review relationships with the security agencies especially the Police. My government will not tolerate disrespect for our people. I will disagree and confront any security officers where I feel our people are not well treated. For instance, where the Police stay on the road to arrest our containers that had already been properly cleared out of the port, and drop them at Zone 2, I will condemn that, I can fight it to the National Assembly or the Presidency,’ he boasted.
Dr. Oparah, a former Chairman of Seme/Badagry ANLCA, promised to run an inclusive government where everybody will raise their heads up with pride. ‘I will carry everybody along on a day to day basis on how we run ANLCA.’
He also promised to prioritise a re-awakening of the profession and ANLCA in the North where the economy recession has dealt a heavy blow to the sector. ‘We will dispel the wrongful notion of marginalisation especially by a section, where in actual fact it is the economy that has wreaked havoc on our members there. As we are getting out of recession, we will put heads together to ensure that cargo clearance activities resume full time in the North especially at Kano airport and the ICDs. We have a zonal coordinator, Alhaji Wakili who is a reliable professional and a committed ANLCA member whom we will collaborate with,’ said Oparah.