The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has won the Best Customs Brokers Association of the Year in Africa.
The award was received by the ANLCA National President last Friday at the Africa Maritime Energy (AME) Award Ceremony held at Cape Town, South Africa.
ANLCA was honoured with the award for demonstrating high performance in customs brokerage services through peaceful cohesion, integrity, efficient service delivery and long term reputation.
The AME 2013 Awards Conferment Ceremony, the concluding part of the 3rd Africa Shipping & Oil Roundtable/Investment Forum event, saw individuals, corporate bodies and government agencies, honored for their sterling contributions and positive impact on the development of the Maritime and Oil & Gas sectors in Africa.
Other AME awardees from Nigeria were the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for the AME Maritime Agency in Skills Development of the Year; the Nigerian Ports Authority for the AME Ports Logistics Regulation of the Year; Starzs Investment Company for the AME Marine Logistics Support Services Provider; and the Nigeria Naval Dockyard for the AME Vessel Construction & Repairs Organization of the Year.
The relevance of these maritme key players in Nigeria was further appreciated as heads of some of them like the Director General of NIMASA, Patrick AKpobolokemi; National President of ANLCA, Prince Olayiwola Shittu; CEO of Starzs Investment Company Limited, Greg Ogbeifun; General Manager Planning of the Naval Dockyard Limited, Commodore JIP Onugha and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Maritime Affairs, Leke Oyewole were constituted into the Africa Maritime Advocacy Committee (AMAC).
AMAC was created to draw up resolutions from the panel discussions on paper presentations by the Managing Director NPA, Mallam Habib Abdullahi, on Providing Essential Infrastructure and Workable Strategies to Overcome the Challenges of Ports Quick Turnaround Time in Africa, and by the Chief Executive Officer of SAMSA, Commander Tseitsi Mokhele, on How to meet infrastructure needs of the maritime transport in Africa for greaterinvestment opportunities.
The committee is also expected to draw up a framework for the implementation of the resolutions.
Serving as AMAC’s Chairman and Secretary are Chief Operations Officer of the South Africa Maritime Safety Agency (SAMSA), Mr Sobantu Tilayi, and Deputy Chief Executive of Ghana’s Shippers Authority, Emmanuel Martey respectively.