The National Association of Government approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) yesterday unveiled its radio programme codenamed NAGAFF Cargo Watch at its National Secretariat in Lagos.
The National President of NAGAFF, Fwdr. Lion Oluwole Adeyemi while addressing the audience at a well-attended event stated that the radio programme which debuts this Friday on Radio 1, 103.5FM at 11.30am would be a 30 minutes radio programme to be aired every Friday of the week same time.
Represented by the Deputy National President Headquarters NAGAFF, Chief Increase Uche, Fwdr. Adeyemi noted that the idea behind the setting up of the programme were to serve as a platform for the advancement of the freight forwarding business in Nigeria, meet up with the standard of practices with freight forwarders in other climes, secure the require recognition amongst other professionals and government as well as serve as a complaint desk for freight forwarders.
According to him,” Most importantly, it is to keep hold of the mandate of the founding fathers of NAGAFF which is ushering in sustainable freight forwarding practice. We believe we have done our best in this regard through NAGAFF advocacy role over the years including the training of freight forwarders. All these feats have been possible through the support of the founder of NAGAFF, who has single-handedly funded almost every aspect of this movement. We owe him a very big thank you.
“At this juncture, we feel that the advocacy role of our association needs to be taken further to inquiry, which is the key instrument that would drive this project. This platform is therefore created to provide opportunities such as dissection of critical issues in the industry, propagation of the tenets of freight forwarding, complaint monitoring and information management, interview segments, enlightenment and education of the general public on freight forwarding issues, avenues to address issues concerning port users and calling the attention of the authorities to matters that concerns the growth and development of the maritime sector.
“We see this as our contribution to nation building as patriotic citizens, particularly in the development of the transport logistics supply chain. At this juncture, I want to once again appreciate your audience and to charge you all to take advantage of the platform to support the project of developing our maritime industry and by extension boost the revenue drive of the government”.
Also speaking, the founder of NAGAFF, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam advised members of the association and the general public to key into the programme and take up the opportunity presented by the programme to advertise their businesses even as he added that members of NAGAFF would be given a special rate to advertise on the programme.
While disclosing that the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Barr. Hassan Bello had given a clear indication that he would give the necessary support to the NAGAFF Cargo Watch so as to ensure its survival, he further expressed the hope that others would follow in that regard.
He added that the discussion on the NAGAFF Cargo Watch would be a no holds bar even as he urged those that want to be fairly treated to respect the laws of the land.
“NAGAFF Cargo Watch, as they have stated, it is very important, 11.30 am every Friday, you must hook on and then you have the opportunity to advertise your company in that place. I am sure that the operators of NAGAFF Cargo Watch will give special rate for all NAGAFF members who have their companies to advertise, that we must guarantee.
“I must tell you that I just finished just informally, discussions with the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council who had given a clear indication that he will do everything possible to support the NAGAFF Cargo Watch and I am sure that all other people will follow suit.
“But like I said, it is going to be a no holds bar discussion, we cannot continue, there is nothing to hide. If you want to be our friend, then you must be compliant”, Aniebonam stated.
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