The National Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) led by factional Acting President, Kayode Farinto has suspended its controversial Annual General Meeting (AGM) earlier scheduled to hold in Lagos today.
The Board of Trustees (BOT) of the association, led by Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha had earlier on Monday cancelled the controversial AGM which it declared as illegal on the grounds that the tenure of the National Executive Council (NECOM) led by Farinto has expired since April 16, 2022 and therefore not in position to act in the name of the NECOM.
In a disclaimer by the Secretary of the Board, Prince Taiye Oyeniyi on behalf of the Board Chairman, Taiwo Mustapha, the BoT urged members of the association to disregard the purported AGM called by the Kayode Farinto led faction.
“It is the constitutional duty of the Registered Board of Trustees to convene an AGM in this instance and the same shall be done as soon as possible.
“Members of the association are therefore advised to disregard the purported AGM and go about their lawful businesses as a new date, venue and modalities of the said AGM shall be communicated in due course.” the notice reads.
But in a message issued on Monday, Farinto said the AGM is suspended following the intervention of the Chairman, Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), Tsanni Abubakar, who requested to attend the meeting in person.
Farinto said while a new date will be communicated to members, the shift in date will allow the other faction led by Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha to make their inputs for a successful AGM.
“The message reads, “Professional colleagues, I am sorry to inform you that the AGM will no longer be held tomorrow (Tuesday) due to the fact that the Chairman of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding practice insists that he wishes to observe our AGM for the first time.
“However, due to the campaign going on in his state, he can’t make it tomorrow, hence we will shift the AGM by a few days and communicate to you.
“We are highly sorry for any inconveniences this might have caused. This will also allow the other group to make their inputs for a successful AGM. The most important thing is to achieve a lasting peace in our great Association.”
ANLCA has been in crisis for more than four years since the Nwabunike-led executives assumed office.