Freight forwarders stranded in Abuja as CRFFN Governing Council inauguration fails to hold


Freight forwarders elected into the Governing Council of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) were yesterday left stranded in Abuja as the Minister of Transportation; Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi postponed the inauguration of the Governing Council members till today following the absence of the Minister.

Recall that this medium reported last week that the Minister was scheduled to meet with the members of the CRFFN Governing Council on Tuesday where it was expected that the formal inauguration of the Council would take place.

However, the elected freight forwarders who were personally invited via a letter from the Minister on Transportation to the inauguration arrived Abuja on Monday anticipating to return back to Lagos after inauguration on Tuesday, were left stranded in Abuja as the Minister was said to have left Abuja for Lagos for another programme.

The inauguration which was slated to take place at 11:00am was shifted to 4.00pm that same yesterday and was later postponed till Wednesday (today) thereby leaving the freight forwarders unsure whether the inauguration will hold or not.

Some of the freight forwarders who spoke to newsmen lamented that their businesses in Lagos were suffering having been away for two days.

Speaking on the development, one of the Council members who pleaded anonymity expressed fears that the new governing Council was already programmed to fail.

“It is a pity that Amaechi had abandoned his core job to be going after politics, while other ministers were busy looking for ways to grow their ministry, he is busy after politics. Tell me, what is he doing in Lagos? And he gathered all of us here”, he said.

Recall that Amaechi had earlier abandoned the inauguration of the Council four months after elections were conducted in July where fifteen Council members who were members of five registered freight forwarding associations emerged.

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