The national vice president, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, Chief Emenike Nwokeoji and the CEO of Allied Marine Services Limited, has lauded the immediate past national president of ANLCA, Chief Sir Ernest Elochukwu for placing the association on a pedestal of development and honour, while in office.
Chief Nwokeoji, who gave the commendation in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital while declaring his ambition to run for the office of the national president of ANLCA, said Chief Elochukwu made it possible for him to meet face to face with the then Nigerian president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in Aso Rock, Abuja; affirming that the memory will remain evergreen in his life.
The presidential hopeful, however outlined his 10 points agenda which include: giving a strong voice to Licensed Customs Agents, chartering of Institute of Customs Brokers of Nigeria, capacity building initiative, incentives for members and engaging the Federal Inland Revenue, FIRS.
Others are: the establishment of Sick Bays, insurance covers for members, a night with the president, social development goals and opening of an Abuja Liaison Office for the association, if voted into office and urged members to go home and have a deep look at his manifesto and ask him question on any one he fails to achieve at the end of the day.
According to him; “I will not put any blame on the previous administration which I am part and parcel of, but to go ahead and do what is right for the association. I will bring issues of ANLCA on the front burner of federal government in the interest of our members and to embark on capacity building,” Nwokeoji assured.
Chief Nwokeoji in the meantime, unveiled his would be executive members and appreciated all the zonal chapter chairmen and other ANLCA members for finding time to identify with them.
Addressing members, Chief Sir Ernest Elochukwu (Ichie Ezeyibeya), CEO, Nestello Gateways Group and BoT member of ANLCA, said he contested for the position of national vice president of ANLCA in 1999, when members decided to use the 2nd eleven of the union against the 1st, and later became the national president of the association 4years after.
The Anambra born businessman and politician, who recalled the challenges of 1999, advised members not to vote like those that went for the 2nd eleven, but to vote wisely for the 1st eleven of ANLCA.
He enjoined members to hold the presidential candidate, Chief Nwokeoji by his word and ask him of any of his 10 points agenda that he did not fulfill at the end of the day, if voted into power.
Chief Elochukwu who gave his hundred percent support to Chief Nwokeoji, was optimistic that the presidential hopeful would take ANLCA to its expected destination, if given the mandate.
Contributing, Mr. Taiwo Mustapha, a member of BoT, advised members to shine their eyes and take a proper look at the antecedents of those that they are going to vote for. He equally charged the association leaders to always tell their people the truth, adding that ANLCA remains the only association that they all love and cherish.