…enjoins professional members to join in resolving imbroglio
By Segun Oladipupo
Oodua Descendants Freight Forwarders Global Association, an umbrella body of Yoruba freight forwarding practitioners, on Monday, set out plans to end the four year old crisis rocking the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA).
The group which stated that all efforts in the past to quell the lingering imbroglio had met a brick wall, maintained that it would do everything possible to see out the problems and restore sanity to the foremost freight association.
Recall.that ANLCA has been engulfed in crisis including the Board of Trustees, Western Zone executives and the National Executive Council (NEC).
Addressing the press on the development in Lagos, President of Oodua Descendants Freight Forwarders Global Association, Segun Adefioye who stated that a 7 man committee would be constituted before Friday of this week, added that the terms of reference of the committee would be to contact the aggrieved members from both factions for resolution of the crisis.
He quipped that if the differences could be resolved among the Yoruba members of the ANLCA, the crisis will be over because according to him, the Yorubas in ANLCA are the generators of the crisis.
Speaking further, Adefioye said the reconciliation move would commence on Monday, 29th March to 3rd April., 2023 saying the committee has two weeks to submit its report.
He asserted that the planned Annual General Meeting of the association slated for Wednesday, would further enhance unity between the factional groups
He reiterated the need for urgent intervention as he called on elders and members of the professional body to join hands with Oodua members to put the crisis to rest.
His words, “With dismay, we were forced to call for the press briefing. We could all recollect that for almost four years now, our brothers in ANLCA have been at loggerheads with one another which almost claimed lives, a lot of money spent, time wasted. Oodua Descendants Freight Forwarders Global Association has been watching and studying the situation with keen interest, we have made steps to have a meeting with some of our elders on the issue but we were stylishly turned down.
“How long should we continue to live in crisis, we should remember the sons of whom we are.We called for this press briefing to let Oodua sons and daughters know what is going on among their sons in ANLCA that has negatively affected thousands of freight forwarders, and the steps we are about to take in the settlement/reconciliation process
‘As we have taken a step today in the reconciliation process we implore them to embrace peace and attend the coming AGM to hear their view, while we on our path will continue with our reconciliation moves among the elders.
“It is our believe that, if we are in peace ANLCA will be peaceful. We have between now and 3 April to find solution to the crises. The recondiliation committee that will be constituted will commence reconciliation meeting from Monday 20th-3 April, with the following people.
The group stated that the major gladiators of the crisis include,; Prince Taiye Oyeniyi, Alhaji Mustapha Taiwo, Prince Olayiwola Shittu, Alhaji Bojuri Akinsola, Dayo Azeez , Chief Odedeyi Sunday and Eniola Igbaraola.
Others are: Kayode Farinto, Alhaji Babatunde Mukaila, Taiwo Afolabi, Olumide Fakanlu, Bayo Oyekangun, Biodun Ogunfowora and Chief Oye Ariyo.
The group noted that an elaborate meeting hold that will engage the Igbo Maritime Forum after the two weeks time frame.