By Abraham S. Sollie/GNN Reporter
The President of the National Custom Brokers Association of Liberia (NCBAL), Mr. Ivan Tumbey, has disclosed that US$240,000 is needed for the construction of the association’s national headquarters.
Mr. Tumbey said there is a need for the NCBAL to have its own headquarters so as to enable the association effectively run its affairs and be able to host future conferences.
Mr. Tumbey made the disclosure recently at a rally organized by the association named and styled one bag of cement rally.
Mr. Tumbey stated that it is shameful for Liberia, as member of the Board of the International Federation of Custom Brokers to be renting an office space.
He indicated that the association’s decision to launch the rally is intended to make every member feels a part of the construction and to take ownership of the entire project.
He added that the association wants to take the lead in starting the construction project before looking up to partners or external aid stating: “We have started as a way of showing that we are serious and mean business so if the government or any one wants to help, we are open but we are not begging.”
The NCBAL president revealed that the association, when constructed will be used for multiple purposes among which he named as the hosting of international conferences ofthe world federation of custom brokers.
The new Custom Brokers headquarters is expected to be constructed in the Freeport Community on the Bushrod Island opposite the City Builders Store few yards away from the Freeport of Monrovia.
The NCBAL boss furthered that the association has being running its affairs in rental something he said does not augur well for the members giving the sensitive nature of their work.
Several members of the association made cash payments and pledges individually and on behalf of their agencies.
The NCBAL is an association operating under the laws of the Republic of Liberia and serve as liaison between customers and government in clearing and forwarding of goods at various ports of entry across the country.