Aniebonam commends CRFFN over issuance of membership certificates to freight forwarders


…Says POF a task that must be achieved totally

The founder, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Dr. Boniface Aniebonam has commended the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) for commencing the issuance of membership certificate to freight forwarders.

Aniebonam who gave the commendation in a statement he made available to our correspondent in Lagos on Tuesday, observed that CRFFN had commenced the process of deepening its relevance in the ports industry as a regulator of freight forwarding practitioners of Nigeria.

According to him, the development had been epitomised by the new order necessitating the issuance of certificate of confirmation as an accredited candidate and member of the prestigious body of freight forwarders of Nigeria.

He said, “Over the years, CRFFN may have been wobbling and dangling due to lack of honor, integrity and knowledge on the part of most of its leaders who may have fraudulently found themselves in the position of authority in the Council. It is even more disturbing the avoidable intrusion of the transportation ministry whose role is clearly defined in the act as being supervisory. And for the avoidance of doubts, regret to mention that a body (CRFFN) whose Chairman and Vice (Chairman) are elected from the register of freight forwarders of Nigeria turned overnight to become a parastatal of the transport ministry by court fiat is unimaginable.

“Tell me why certificate of membership is being issued at this time and moment thereafter well over fourteen years of CRFFN establishment and commencement. It’s regrettable that Barr. Sam Nwakohu, the Registrar may be applying damage control to give unattainable reasons for late issuance to include non-appropriation of funds.

“Regrettable to say that it is most unfortunate when issue of accountability comes to the front burner at the CRFFN Management and administration for the period under review, the good news is that all of those involved in the whole process of destabilisation in CRFFN may never know peace in their organisations because CRFFN is NAGAFF’s sweat.

“Let us again advise that stakeholders who are fighting NAGAFF and its members should stop because they are children of God. NAGAFF is again advising that election is not the most important thing to do now if CRFFN must deliver on its mandate. This is because the magic done by the Hon. Minister of Transportation in the last dispensation did not add any value to CRFFN mandate.

“Statutorily, CRFFN is private driven regulatory body under the care and supervision of the transportation ministry. It is meant to pursue professional standards in the business of freight forwarding and logistics. It is not meant to patronise politicians as the case may be. Therefore, we are happy to learn that Hon. Rotimi Amaechi may have decided to right the wrong in CRFFN and power it to achieve the good thinking of the wise men and women of the National Assembly who made the law.

“We equally understood that the Perm. Sec. of the transportation ministry is a woman of excellence and God fearing. She may have been directed to take control and ensure that CRFFN succeeded this time around before 2023. Therefore, the need for consultation with the critical stakeholders cannot be overemphasized. It is the belief of NAGAFF that Hon. Minister, Abubakar Tsanni and Sam Nwakohu may have learnt so much and seen it all as to those who have the interest of the Council or not. Madam Perm Sec- talk to NAGAFF, we shall tell you what to do.

“Nobody or association is above the government except corruption and God. POF collection is a task that must be achieved totally as approved by the government. CRFFN and government needed the money to achieve their mandates.”

Photo: Founder of NAGAFF, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam.

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