Shittu disowns ‘ANLCA chieftain’, seeks cancellation of waivers

The National President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) Prince Olayiwola Shittu has disowned one Babatunde Shittu who claimed to be a chieftain of the association.

Babatunde Shittu had last week blamed the woes of the Council for Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) on ANLCA and the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF). But in a swift reaction, the ANLCA President said, “After thorough checking, we realised that the so mentioned Shittu was neither a member of the association nor is his company registered with the association.

“Anybody can just get up and say he is a chieftain of ANLCA, you can’t be a chieftain unless you are elected to be a chapter chairman or responsible position in our association, we have gone through our records, and we realised that no one called Babatunde Shittu, his agency is not even in our biometrics,” he said.

Meanwhile, the ANLCA President has advised the Federal Government to do away with granting unnecessary duty waivers that has no productive value on the economy.

Speaking yesterday at the association’s secretariat, Shittu said, “Last year, we made about N800billion for Customs but we can tell you that government can make close to N2trillion in our sector, we can get about N2trillion for government if things are properly harnessed. Government should do away with waivers that do not have any productive value to the economy because waivers are used to help political friends.”

He said if the waiver gap is closed properly, revenue would flow properly.

“We are the revenue generators for government, last year we made about N800billion for Customs but if government gives Customs brokers not less than 5 percent of revenue generated as an incentives, we can get up to N2trillion annually.

“Government uses contractors, consultants and they pay them so much but we are not asking for so much but for just 5 percent of money generated by each Customs license companies,” he said.


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