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Shittu emerges Customs agents’ new head

 By Godfrey Bivbere
OWERRI—Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, weekend, elected a new executive to run the affairs of the association for the next four years, even as the new leadership has threatened to drag the Federal Fovernment to court over the continued delay in the establishment of a Port Regulator. Alhaji Olayiwola Shittu, emerged President of the association at the election, which took place in Owerri, Imo State.Imo State Governor, Ikedi Ohakim, who was Chief host, was represented by Mr Ralph Nwosu, the State’s Commissioner for Public Utilities. Several past presidents and senior officials of the association amongst them, Senator Sani Kamba, Aare Sani Shittu and the immediate past President, Mr Ernest Elochukwu, were also present at the event.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after he was sworn-in, the new ANLCA President, stressed the need for the association to go to the court to compel the Federal Government to constitute a regulatory agency for the port, saying there are so many irregularities in port operations because of the absence of a regulator.

“A regulator would have prevented concessionaires from arbitrarily hiking charges and levies, only to turn around to blame the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA for its action,” Shittu said.

According to him, “we are going to challenge in court that there should be no pay for services not rendered. The day we have a law that services not rendered should not be paid for, you will see that all these exploitations will stop.”





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