The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has held its first elections debate in Lagos.
The expository forum served as a platform to test aspirants’ knowledge of offices desired, oratory prowess and ability to foresee solutions for future challenges.
One of the contestants, Mr. Bisiriyu Lasisi, representing Seme Border, said it could not be denied that the present state of affairs of ANLCA needed change. He desired to offer what he called “selfless services” to ensure change.
“We have the blue print to transform our zone into a formidable one and restore the lost glory with the Nigerian Customs”, he said.
On how he intends to handle the numerous security checkpoints leading to the ports which have led to extortion of agents, he said: “All security matters would be duly addressed when he becomes Chairman.”
Outgoing chairman of the zone, Mr. Patrick Ozor, gave himself pass marks over the strides accomplished by his administration since he took over the mantle of leadership.
These include the state-of-the-art secretariat which is under construction, the computerisation of exchange procedures and stewardship reporting of executives bi-annually.
An aspirant for Apapa chapter, Mr. Don Onyeka, in his opening speech promised to make himself accountable when elected.
“This is because accountability is the bedrock of life”, he ensued.
He said he would liaise with the National Executive and the Nigerian Police Force at the ports to help ensure the welfare of members.
He pledged to make Apapa port more attractive to port users by hosting a consultative forum where members’ problems are critically identified and resolved.
Another aspirant representing the Apapa zone, Mr. Chinedu Phillips, who had formerly served as an administrator in the association promised to return the lost glory of the association if he is given another opportunity to serve the association.
He promised to remit accruable revenues to the national secretariat of the association promptly if he is elected into office.