The President of Shippers’ Association Lagos State (SALS), Rev. Jonathan Nicol has called on the Federal Government to immediately begin investigations and institute necessary sanctions against foreigners taking over freight forwarding business from Nigerians.
In a Press Release issued by the association in Lagos on Friday, Nicole lamented that foreigners have taken over almost all the processes of cargo clearance at the ports, leaving Nigerian freight forwarders idle.
He cautioned that if nothing was done urgently to correct the trend, not less than 10, 000 Nigerians would lose their jobs.
The SALS President equally expressed worry that that the essence of government setting up the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) had not been achieved.
The essence of the CRFFN among other things was to protect indigenous freight forwarders.
“Foreigners prepare all the Form M and place order with suppliers of the firm, ship it into the country, clear the cargo and deliver to consignees.
“Freight Forwarders are losing their jobs to foreigners, reports reaching the Shippers’ Association Lagos State is that some private foreign companies are bent on taking over all the blue chips Companies and Manufacturing industries in Nigeria through out-sourcing.
“The implication is that the existence of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) will be threatened. I believe that freight forwarding in Nigeria should be an exclusive business to Nigerians as it is done in The Republic of Benin.
“If nothing is done urgently, over ten thousand Nigerians will lose their jobs. The Federal Government should please protect our people from foreign concerns complicating the fragile economic situation in Nigeria. Save Our Souls”, Nicol pleaded.
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