The Chairman of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Tincan Island chapter, Chief Azubuike Ekweozor has scored himself high in the delivery of people oriented programmes in the chapter in his first term in office.
Speaking shortly after collecting his nomination form for a second term in office as Chairman at the NAGAFF headquarters in Apapa, Lagos Wednesday, Ekweozor popularly known as Nwanayoeze said he had achieved more for the chapter during his time first as interim Chairman and as a substantive Chairman.
He said,”The whole world knows that in my regime, when I came onboard on rescue mission, I have redeemed the image of NAGAFF in Tincan. A lot of things went wrong before I was called upon and the headquarters called it a rescue mission. So, I was begged and pleaded with to come and rescue NAGAFF Tincan and of course, I did it and today, NAGAFF wear a new face in Tincan”.
On his inability to secure a permanent secretariat for NAGAFF in the chapter in his first term, Ekweozor disagreed with those accusing him of failure in that regard saying that everybody knew that he had tried as much as he could to secure a larger apartment at Nationale since the NAGAFF headquarters said they won’t approve any office for NAGAFF in the chapter outside Nationale.
“We have gone to Seaview Properties severally, demanding for space but up till now, they have not given us a space. The logistics to acquire a bigger office is not a problem but if today a space is found, I am ready to do the needful”, he said.
He maintained that he has improved on the welfare of people working with him adding that nobody would say that he had not done well in that regard or that he had been witch hunting him or stop him or her from doing what he or she was supposed to do for NAGAFF.
“I have been a fair Chairman as far as Tincan is concerned”, he stressed.
On his priority if elected for second term, the Chairman enthused,”In my second tenure, I am expected to co-opt more members because association is all about population. It is true that we are being densely populated but in my second tenure, I will make sure that I add more because according to the headquarters standard, association is all about members and I am ready to do so in my second tenure”.
He however described those accusing him of not being on ground in Tincan as a Chairman as the handiwork of blackmailers saying,”I don’t have any business to do in Apapa, anybody that knows me knows that where I resume my business is in Tincan. So, I don’t know anything about what they are talking”.
Earlier, the National President of NAGAFF, Chief Increase Uche wished that every Chairmanship aspirant would toe the same peaceful process to obtain their forms having paid their mandatory N500,000 for Chairmanship.
Uche confessed that he was completely in tune with what was going on adding,”I want to wish the Chairmanship aspirant of Tincan well, that by the special grace of God, everything will go well, the best candidate will emerge at the end of the day”.
On his part, the Chairman of the NAGAFF Electoral Commission (NECOM), Bro. Okey Nerus Uchegbu stated that just as they had advised all others that had came to pick forms to make their campaigns issue based, they were advising the Tincan Chairmanship aspirant advising that he don’t try to malign anybody.
“If there are such reports from your own end, NECOM will have to wield the big stick. But we don’t pray that it gets to that. We will only wish you well and pray that the good lord will guide you. Like the President has said our prayer is that at the end of the day, let the best candidate win”.
Photo:(L-R) Member of the NAGAFF NECOM, Elder Ephraim Ofoma, NAGAFF Chairman Tincan, Chief Azubuike Ekweozor, NAGAFF President, Chief Increase Uche, NECOM Chairman, Bro. Okey Nerus Uchegbu and Mrs. Uju, a member of NECOM during the collection of Nomination Form by Ekweozor at NAGAFF Headquarters Wednesday.
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