Abuja-Kaduna Train Attack: Destruction of transport infrastructure threatens movement of cargo, logistics industry- Nwabunike

fbac anlca president iju tony nwabunike
fbac anlca president iju tony nwabunike

By Steve Agbota, Lagos

The National President, Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Iju Tony Nwabunike, has condemned the recent attack on an Abuja-Kaduna bound train, saying such attacks pose a danger to the logistics Industry.

Nwabunike, in his Easter message to Licensed Customs Brokers, freight forwarders and colleagues in the total logistics chain in Nigeria, said the continued destruction of developing transport infrastructure by terrorists is dwindling the growing hope of moving cargoes from seaports to the hinterland.

He said the occurrence also sets back the anticipated seamlessness that cargoes ought to have moved from Lagos and Portharcourt to Kano and Kaduna states respectively.

According to him, the situation has driven the cost of doing business higher and reduced returns on investments, adding that it could have been anyone else because ‘we are not more safety or security-conscious than the victims who boarded a Federal Government train with assurances of security.

‘Insecurity in Nigeria touches everyone in adverse ways, we can’t pretend about it. It has driven the cost of doing business higher, increased time spent, reduced returns on investments and affected the joy of many.

‘Our ports are not properly utilised if import and export cargoes suffer clogs in the logistics chain. From the farmer of export produce, whose field is occupied by terrorists to the dockworkers waiting to assist in the loading and unloading of cargoes, we are all involved.

‘Our collective interest is in the cargo because from it government revenue is gotten, remuneration for employees made, service charges collected and profit from warehousing and sales are obtained,’ he added.

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He called on the government and politicians at the helm of affairs, not to be subsumed by the hysteria of present campaigns and to forget citizens who are in kidnappers’ dens, while also seeking prayers on behalf of the Nigerian military.

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‘Let’s supplicate for victory from God in favour of our armed forces who stay awake and alert at all times to keep us safe. Their victory is our safety.

‘We are entitled to being happy because we are part of a blessed country, whose true potentials are yet to be fully harnessed for collective benefits. While we (Christians) are rounding off our fasting, our Muslim brethren are continuing with the prayer chain. Let’s hold on to the lessons from Christ this season and always.

‘Sacrifice and self denial, loyalty to the state, performing our civic responsibilities, loving ourselves, socialising with decency and looking up to God always should be paramount.

‘I am optimistic about being part of a united, peaceful, economically viable and very progressive Nigeria. Let’s aim at these with the fear of God. If we fear God, we will love fellow men and women and society will be better for it,’ he said.

On the Easter celebration, Nwabunike said that it signifies a lot for mankind in different spheres such as peace, sacrifice, loyalty, politics, economy and social areas.

He hinted that the potentials of a peaceful Nigeria are limitless and whenever or wherever peace is lost, the results include instability and a lack of a cohesive direction.

He urged Nigerian not to let the sacrifices of Jesus to redeem Mankind, His loyalty to the cause for which He was sent, His examples of paying taxes (giving to Caesar what belongs to Caesar), promoting peace love and tolerance and the fellowship with others through the last supper, not to be in vain.

‘Let’s also not get tired of praying for Nigeria, especially in the area of security and pray fervently for the release of our fellow countrymen and women being held by terrorists,’ Nwabunike added.