The incumbent Caretaker Chairman Committee, Tin Can Island Port of the National Association Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Forwarder Azubuike Ekweozor has assured that his mandate if elected, as Chairman is to unify members of the chapter irrespective of tribe, culture, ethnic and religion.
Ekweozor who is also a Chairmanship aspirant promised to re-position the association’s interest at Tin Can Island Port (TCIP) even as reiterated to protect the interest of all other ethnic groups.
Speaking with journalists shortly after purchasing the election’s form at the NAGAFF headquarters in Lagos Thursday, the Chairmanship Aspirant of TCIP disclosed that the flag off campaign would also commence Friday at the NAGAFF headquarters in Lagos.
He noted that bringing all ethnic groups together under one freight forwarding association like NAGAFF would bring about unity in diversity among practitioners pointing out that his preferred Vice Chairman contesting as well is from the northern part of the country.
In his words: “my strategy is to protect the interest of members at TCIP, and at least to reposition NAGAFF at that chapter level from what it was faced with in the past”.
“Me and my executives most ensure that we carry all ethnic group along because NAGAFF is not for Igbos alone, it is a national association therefore we must carry everybody along”, he added.
He added that the incessant changes made overtime of Chairman at TCIP, will be a thing of the past even as he promised to make the difference when elected.
He added that the relationship between NAGAFF members and the Nigerian Customs Service at the chapter level under his acting capacity as Chairman has cordial noting that both parties are partners in progress.
Ekweozor stressed that there has been tremendous changes in his four months in office as Chairman Caretaker Committee at the association’s chapter level of Tin Can Island port.
The contestant also promised to provide a benefiting secretariat for members of the chapter because the present secretariat is not conducive.
He also added that the election is open for interested members noting that there is no threat from opposition candidates contesting for the same position.
Earlier in his remark during the form purchase, by contestants from Tin Can Island Chapter, the Welfare secretary of NAGAFF, Elder Donatus Ofoma said that TCIP has given the association a wider spread through publicity urging contestants from the chapter to project the association in good image.
Speaking on behalf of NECOM Chairman of the Association, Ofoma assured contestants from TCIP that the elections would be free and fair.
“There will be no rigging, no bribery don’t allow money to change hands because of your votes and we promised that the elections at the chapter will be free and fair”, he noted. He however urged losers to embrace winners at the polls noting that the association is like that of a family.