The Chief Executive Officer of Skelas Group and immediate past President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Prince Olayiwola Shittu has congratulated the President- elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his Vice, Kashim Shettima on their victory at the just concluded presidential election.
In a congratulatory message made available to Maritime Today Online, Shittu urged Tinubu who he described as an uncommon economic builder to pay more attention to the maritime sector especially the freight forwarding industry given the role of freight forwarders and customs brokers as revenue collectors in all customs trade.
He urged the President-elect to give operators in the freight forwarding industry the encouragement to improve on revenue collection.
According to him, revenue collectors can achieve much more if the incoming administration offers them the right encouragement through the remodeling of retrogressive policies and purposeful stakeholders’ engagement.
The congratulatory message reads, “On behalf of myself and my professional friends and progressive minded Customs Brokers in the maritime industry, I wish to felicitate with you and your Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima for your victory at the just concluded presidential election, under the umbrella of the All- Progressive Congress Party (APC).
“I consider it a privilege to join hundreds of millions of Nigerians home and abroad and well-wishers in congratulating you on your victory at the 2023 presidential election. I am optimistic that at the end of the day, you will bring everybody onboard for the huge rebuilding that awaits you.
“Your victory didn’t come on a platter of gold, the discerning knows that in your characteristic manner, you prepared and fought well for it, alongside like minded progressives through painstaking strategy, commitment and years of political bridge building.
“With your antecedent as an uncommon economic builder combined with your fine leadership acumen, we are hopeful that you will pay more than a passing interest on the maritime economy, which represents a bull walk of the national economy; in view of the changing fortunes of our crude staying economic power.
“As a customs broker l enjoin you most respectfully to consider giving the freight industry the right encouragement for operators to improve on revenue collection. Hitherto revenue brokers have been left with the feeling that they don’t matter despite being the real revenue collectors in all customs trade.
“As progressive players, revenue collectors can achieve much more if your administration offers them the right encouragement through the remodeling of retrogressive policies and the retooling of the benefits dynamics; plus, purposeful and mutually responsible stakeholders’ engagement that has assumed a master-servant status.
“I am confident that you hold the leadership application to driving our economy and democracy in the right direction, through unwavering commitment.
“The customs brokerage and freight industry look forward to working harmoniously with your administration to raise the bar in revenue generation through a purposeful, mutually beneficial relationship.”
“Your Excellency, congratulations once more as we wish you safe and strong; and wish your administration a resounding success on all fronts.”