The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has directed its members and indeed all freight forwarders not to have any business with the book written on the immediate past National President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Prince Olayiwola Shittu which was recently presented to the public.
The association which gave this directive in a statement issued in Lagos by the Head of Special Duties, NAGAFF Headquarters, Rev. Emmanuel Agubanze further requested NAGAFF members to consign the book to the dustbin of history as it was not only misleading but fatally blackmailing.
It noted that NAGAFF after carefully leafing through the pages of the recently launched book with the title, “Shittu, Biography of Nigeria’s Top Customs Broker: For The Sake Of Posterity”, written on Prince Olayiwola Shittu to mark his 68th birthday, saw the contents of the publication as grossly misleading and cautiously crafted to misrepresent the actual facts in the birth of the CRFFN and other incidentals.
The statement added that what should readily come to the mind of every freight forwarder who is well acquainted with the true history of the birth of the CRFFN, is whether Prince Shittu actually found time to go through the manuscript before publishing it adding that for Prince Shittu to have been quoted as referring to NAGAFF in his book as a mushroom association “is most disheartening, disrespectful, uncivilized and a high point of irresponsibility”.
It continued,” NAGAFF as a professional association duly registered and accredited by the CRFFN and with the class of knowledgeable and qualified membership and spread across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria can only but put Shittu to prayers for God’s forgiveness over his display of ignorance and avoidable impunity. NAGAFF, before the birth of CRFFN, has been in the vanguard of public advocacy for professionalism in the freight forwarding business and still remains the foremost umbrella body of freight forwarders in Nigeria.
“A clear testimony to this fact was the recent election into the governing board of the CRFFN where NAGAFF, instead of insisting on sweeping the 15 elective positions into the Council, showed maturity by advocating for an all-inclusive Council, in order to accommodate the other four (4) registered associations of CRFFN including ANLCA.
“Based on the forgoing, the NAGAFF high command hereby directs that no member of NAGAFF and freight forwarders in general should have any business with the said book and should consign it to the dustbin of history because it is not only misleading but fatally blackmailing.
“Further statements on this matter shall be made in due course including the soon-to-be-published biography of our great founder, Dr. B. O. Aniebonam and NAGAFF emergence in revolutionizing freight forwarding profession in Nigeria and CRFFN life story”.
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