The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has described as irresponsible, faceless and unnecessary, the petition written against its National President, Prince Shittu Olayiwola by a group called Concerned ANLCA Members where the president was alleged of impropriety eve as it condemns the reaction of the Board of Trustees (BOT) chairman, Henry Njoku to the matter.
The National Secretary of the association, Dr. Emmanuel Oparah while reacting to the issue said that the Shittu-led administration had delivered on its election campaign promises by providing the association with a befitting national secretariat after sixty years of the association’s existence.
Speaking further in the release sent to MMS Plus Weekly, Dr. Oparah said that the N259 million national secretariat was a collective effort of the members of the association and the goodwill of some public-spirited organisations in the industry that supported the initiative of the association, adding that every contribution made towards the building was duly accounted for.
According to him, the audited financial record of the association submitted by E. R. Omojola & Co, external auditors is available for verification by members.
“Furthermore, the audited financial records of ANLCA National Secretariat submitted by E. R. Omojola & Co, a firm of external auditors as at 31st Dec., 2012 is there for interested members of the association to examine and draw appropriate conclusions.
“No such audited reports or financial recording in standard form, for the period of Nov., 2008 to April 2010 when some members of the present BOT were in charge of affairs at the National was ever handed over to us on assumption of office on the 16th of April, 2010 till date. You may wish to independently verify this fact,” the statement read.
He therefore called on the members to disregard the allegations of the group against the National President saying that the membership of the members of the group cannot be traced by names or phone numbers in the association membership log book.
He added that if there is a genuine petition against anybody or organ, the petitioners should be courageous enough to defend their claims before appropriate Disciplinary Committee of the association before the committee’s report is eventually turned over to the National Executive Council (NEC) for appropriate sanctions.