By Godwin Oritse
THE immediate past Chairman of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, (ANLCA), Apapa Chapter, Mr. Kayode Farinto has protested the outcome of the biometric exercise carried out by the group’s current national executive.
In a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Farinto noted that the way the biometric project was handled smacked of illegality and dishonesty on the part of the executives led by its President Alhaji Olayiwila Shittu.
However, Olayiwola Shittu, in his reaction to the petition, said that he is open to investigation adding that whoever misappropriated the group’s finance will answer to the law.
He explained that he could not comment much as the matter is currently in court.
Continuing, Farinto disclosed that the entire project fetched the association a total of N52 million adding that the money has not been judiciously spent.
The petitions read in part “You will recall that the biometric identity card project embarked upon by the president, Prince Olayiwola Shittu-led executive was my idea.
“I sent a memo to the identity our genuine members, which will put a stop to non-members claiming to be member of our Association.
“First and foremost, the way the project was handled bespoke that fact that the project was brought in dead, hence the failure before the issuance of the identity cards to members.
“The role of our national president and his comment during the last raid carried out by the Nigeria Customs Service personnel killed the project, because he did say that Nigeria Customs Service can raid our members even when they provide the biometric identity card, and this made people to loose interest in the project because it eroded the trust and believe they had in our great Association, no wonder many of them have not collected their identity cards.