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By Innocent Orok

Hon. Iju Tony Nwabunike

The National President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Hon. Iju Tony Nwabunike has sent a goodwill message to Nigerian Muslim faithfuls during the 2020 Eid-el-kabir celebrations.

According to his message, Nwabunike commended them for their selfless services, especially in the Nigerian Maritime industry and advised all to observed safety precautions as laid down rules by the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC).

His message reads “My Brothers and Sisters in Islam, I warmly greet you all on this year’s occasion of Eid El Kabir celebrations which comes with very symbolic messages capable of reinforcing your faiths in the Almighty Allah and strengthening your beliefs in His unseen, but felt helping hands at all times.

“Your sacrifices which symbolise total obedience to our Creator’s directives ,have become acceptable standards as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim who moved to sacrifice his son without querying Allah until an alternative sacrifice was provided.

“Most of you have shown love for our Country and the maritime, aviation, general transport and total logistics industries through selfless commitment to our Importation dependent economy by being out there working as essential service providers, even in the face of lockdown in the wake of the Covid19 pandemic.

“You have kept the economy moving, contributing to government revenue,helping to sustain employment and keeping the cycle of commerce moving, while abiding by the safety precautions as advised by the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC).

“As Customs brokers and Freight forwarders , we contributed immensely to the realisation of over N500b half year revenue collection by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and ensured goods arrived importers warehouses after exiting our ports through seamless logistics.

“Our professionalism and excellence in the face of logistic constraints as bad roads, suspended rail services for cargo movement, unfriendly and exploitative practices by Shipping companies and Terminal operators truly stands us out as economic caregivers.”

The ANLCA President further stated that
“We have roles to play in helping Nigeria attain her expected Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 250 Billion US Dollars by the end of 2020. Let’s keep our eyes on the ball.

“While joining the world to celebrate this feast of sacrifice and selfless giving, let’s not lose our guard against the
Coronavirus that has altered our global economy, religious orders and social lifestyles.

“Remember to observe the safety guidelines of regular hand washing, frequent usage of hand sanitisers, avoid large gatherings, keep to physical distance rules and wear face masks as recommended by health authorities.

“I join you in this period of celebration and merry making while pleading that we celebrate responsibly.” Barka de Sallah

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