The Acting Registrar, Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria, CRFFN, Mrs. Chinyere Uromta has assured that the Council will continue to facilitate and promote capacity building to enhance the different aspects of the freight forwarding sector.
Uromta who gave this assurance during the closing ceremony of the Executive Professional Diploma in Freight Forwarding and Supply Chain Management held at the Institute of Maritime Studies, University of Lagos yesterday, recalled that tcore mandate of the Council was to professionalize the freight forwarding sector by developing standards, providing education and training programmes for freight forwarders.
She also recalled that in 2020, the Council, for the first time, determined the minimum qualification required to practice freight forwarding in Nigeria which according to her, was the FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding and Supply Chain Management or it’s equivalent which she said was the ongoing programme, the Executive Professional Diploma in Freight Forwarding and Supply Chain Management.
“These programmes qualifies you to practice freight forwarding in Nigeria. In particular, the EPD programme serves as an executive pathway for Certificate of Experience as provided in the CRFFN Act. The main purpose of the programme is to validate the experience and update the knowledge of Executive Officers in the freight forwarding sector through an intensive one week residential programme”, she said.
The Acting Registrar informed that in 2019, UNILAG signed a Memorandum of Agreement, MOA with the Council to deliver training programmes which cuts across freight forwarding, logistics and supply chain management. “I am highly optimistic that these trainings, if well harnessed, will contribute tremendously to the growth of your organizations and the economy at large”, she added.
She, however, implored the trainees to ensure that the register with the Council and also ensure that their Professional Operating Fee, POF was up to date as according to her, “the proceeds from the later will serve as a return on investment and will be well utilized for the purpose of continuous trainings for freight forwarders.”
She encouraged each participant to apply the knowledge gained from the course diligently saying, “May your newly acquired skills empower you to navigate the complexities of the industry, fostering efficiency and excellence. Together, let us elevate the standards of freight forwarding in Nigeria, thereby contributing to a robust and seamlessly connected global supply chain network.
Let me end by assuring you that the Council will continue to facilitate and promote capacity building to enhance the different aspects of the freight forwarding sector. Once again, a big congratulations to you all for your active participation, engagement and successful completion of this training course. Thank you for your time and God bless you all!”
On his part, the Acting Director, Institute of Maritime Studies, University of Lagos, Prof. Olusegun Badejo who appreciated the Acting Registrar for being with them at the event, re-echoed the call by the Acting Registrar on the participants to endeavor to register themselves as members of the Council and practice freight forwarding.
“This is a very lucrative business and it’s part of the Blue Economy because the transportation of goods is not done only by road or by rail. You also transport on water bodies. Thank God we now have a Ministry of Blue Economy in Nigeria. I believe we will be adding our own quota to the economy of this country by getting actively involved in freight forwarding.
“So, I want to thank everyone of you for coming and we are glad that for some years now, we have been in partnership with the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria. We are seeking for more collaboration and we believe that as God has been helping us in time past, that same God will continue to help us.
“I also thank our Acting Registrar and all the people that facilitated the training. Some of them were trained along with us in this programme and I know that what they gave us that time is what they have also given to you. So, I am grateful for the facilitators and the trainers. God will continue to bless them. So, thank you very much”, he concluded.
Also speaking, one of the course participants and class captain, Gabby Dimude thanked the Acting Registrar for putting in place “this beautiful course from which we all benefitted immensely even as he thanked the facilitators for devoting their time and energy in imparting knowledge in them which he said will see them through life.
“We also appreciate the University of Lagos for giving us the opportunity to come here to train. So, on behalf of all of us in the Class of 2024 Executive Management Course on Logistics and Supply Chain Management, I say thank you”, Dimude stated.
Highlight of the closing ceremony was the presentation of Certificates to the participants as well as the presentation of gift items to the three Best Performed Students namely: Ogunmola Ogundare Albert of NESS Shipping – Overall Best; Chika Of for of ICNL – first runner up and Gabby Emeka Dimude of Kabayan Shipping Limited – second runner up.
Photo 1: Mrs. Chinyere Uromta, Acting Registrar, CRFFN addressing the participants during the closing ceremony at the Institute of Maritime Studies, University of Nigeria yesterday.
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