Easter: Former NAGAFF President, Nweke predicts brighter prospects for freight forwarders


… Urges industry stakeholders to appreciate freight forwarders’role

A former National President of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF, Dr. Eugene Nweke has said that the freight forwarding profession is set to overcome every professional limitation and stagnation that has been its professional undoing in the coming months.

Nweke who made this prediction in his Easter message to the Nigerian freight forwarders observed that his prediction was predicated on the ongoing concerted efforts at ushering peace amongst captains of the sector and the resolve of the various leadership to work together for the common good of the profession and the professionals.

Likening the freight forwarding sector to a factory building, the former NAGAFF boss noted that in a factory building, “there are wheels and gearing; there are cranks and pulleys, beltings tight or slack – some are whirling swiftly, some are turning slowly; some are thrusting forward, some are pulling back; some are smooth and silent, some are rough and noisy; pounding, rattling, clanking, moving with a jerk.

“However, the only difference there are is that, though different activities revolves in the respective scopes of the freight forwarding profession, each has its peculiar standards operational practices driven by professional expertise and all revolves and thrives on a value adding and supply chain. Whereby, any noticeable weak link within the supply chain leads to thrusting forward and pulling back, rough and noisy, pounding, rattling, clanking, etc.”

He contended that it became more worrisome where professional regulation suffers prompt financial administrative empowerment, then wild confusion or a seeming chaos, high handedness and professional abuses takes a center stage.

“Surprising that in spite of the noticeable differences amongst practitioners and herculean professional challenges, the freight forwarders still thrive and strives, doing their work and moving the nation at all costs”, he added.

Nweke who is also a former member of the Governing Council of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria, CRFFN, however, pleaded with the bigger industry actors and stakeholders to appreciate the enormous tasks undertaken by the freight forwarders (whether as a mighty mover or tiniest pinion) for the betterment of the nation, hence the needed encouragement in the propagation of the lofty roles of the freight forwarders in the port value adding and international trade and security supply chain.

To all the freight forwarders in Nigeria, he said, “Note that all things are gradually moving together for the purpose of attaining professional greatness as practitioners resolved to embrace total professionalism and pose to work in unison. In this wise, accredited associations leadership shall lead from the front and yet working coherently with the regulator, joining forces to direct evenly and hand joined to guide the professionals in all scope.

“Though the past years might be hurtful with notable professional hindrances and setbacks, but I can say, in the spirit of the essence of Easter celebration, that lines are beginning to fall in professional spaces as industry peace and harmony shall prompt professional well-being.”

Photo: Dr. Eugene Nweke, former National President, NAGAFF.

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