Why ANLCA Rejected NAGAFF N0.1million COVID 19 Palliative

By Elizabeth Chukwuma

The long drawn battle line  between the Association of  Nigerian Licensed Customs  Licensed Customs Agents ANLCA, and,  National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF, appears to have taking a turn for the worse.

This is because Tony nwabunike, President, ANLCA, had rubbished the N100,000.00 COVID 19 Palliative, which to sources was given  to  the Association by Bonniface  Anieboam , the  founder of NAGAFF. ANLCA, may not have been the only the group, Aniebonam, described as a very generous person in the nation’s maritime circles  had extended the COVID 19 Palliative  in this trying and difficult times in the country .

Boniface Aniebonam: Founder NAFF

 He was said to have doled  out N50,000.00 the Luck Amiwero led National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents, NCMDLCA,  N0.5 million to the COVID 19 Presidential task Force under the Chairmanship of  Boss Mustapha, Secretary the government of the Federation  and N0.035million to the Lagos state government.

Many had expected the no nonsense Amiwero, the President of NCMDLCA, to turn down the amount given to the Association by the NAGAFF Founder but he kept his silence.But Nwabunike , the President of ANLCA, could not take it. Nwabunike has his reasons to turn down the Anniebonam donations, thus sending a signal to him ANLCA members are not hungry.

 His Statement on April 21, 2020 concerning the N0.1 million donations speaks volume. ‘’ANLCA as a ’’body of notable  individuals  in the Customs Brokerage  and  Freight Forwarding Profession have stepped  up giving help to persons  both within and outside the nation’s maritime industry’’ without making noise about it. He has said that the Association will not giving such help    because ’’it  owe humanity and the immediate society some degree of charity’’.

Many believe that  his anger with the Aniebonam COVID 19 palliative had been the condition  that beneficiaries must contact him in order  to collect  it. The question on the lips of most people including Nwabunike  was : how  the NAGAFF Founder, expects  ANLCA, let alone  the Federal government  or the Lagos state government to send Representatives  to contact him at the Nagaff village, Apapa, because of the Association COVID  19 palliative when they are engrossed  in managing the  effect of the pandemic and containing the global health crisis?

, He is right. This is because no official of the COVID 19 Task Force or the Lagos state government, according to insider sources had contacted him to collect their own donation  ostensibly  to support the fight  in curbing the spread of the deadly disease in Lagos state and the country in general.

The ANALCA President  may have looked at  the donations made  to the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19  by individuals that runs into billions of naira  without condition  and wondered  why Aniebonam could make  his COVID 19 palliative  public  without thinking about its implications

 Take for instance, Aliko Dangote, President Dangote group of Companies, who had mobilised other private sector operators to raise N25 billion for the Fund. Indeed, it had  remained a closed guided secret until Mustapha,  the Chairman of the  COVID 19  Task Force, , had the  opportunity to speak about the group at a briefing in Abuja, the Federal Capatal Territory, FCT, recently.

Out of that amout, Dangote alone was said to have donated N2 billion, Tony Elumelu, Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation and Chairman, United Bank  For Africa, a Pan African Bank, Femi Otedola,Abdulsamad Rabiu,Folurunsho Alakija, Jim Ovia, Founder of Zenith Bank, and OBA Otudeko  were said to have donated N1 billion each to the  COVID 19 Fund and equally donated to the Lagos state government without a media show of it.  The billionaires had walked to the COVID 19 office quietly  to make their donations without any condition.

This may have informed  why the ANLCA president  had asked Anniebonnam to plough back the N0.1 million donations made to the Association back to NAGAFF purse and use it in ’’ helping to achieve a befitting operating  environment for it and its operatives’’, stating that that ’ the Association had been at the forefront of supporting the less privileged’’.

Many believe that by rejecting the COVID 19 palliative, Nwabunike  has  made Aniebonam to understand that they are not close friends and may never receive any gift  both in cash  or kind from him and his Association. He may have also given room to the NAFF Founder to support the opposition against him  in ANLCA which had been there over the years.

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