The founder of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) Dr. Boniface Aniebonam has made known his displeasure towards CRFFN Registrar and the Transport Ministry concerning their moves in encouraging single candidate contesting in the forth coming council elections.
Dr. Aniebonam who expressed his displeasure during a press briefing on Monday, in Lagos said the single candidate contesting style in the elections is against the earlier agreed accredited associations.
It could be recalled that the Ministry had last year resolved at a meeting that the five accredited freight forwarding associations to select membership for the elections through the sharing formula of 6-6-1-1-1 agreement against individual participation.
The NAGAFF founder however expressed worries over existing silence by leadership of the registered freight forwarding associations as regards the latest development for the council to approve individual participation in the polls against the earlier agreed position of the five registered freight forwarding associations.
He called on the President of NAGAFF, High Chief Tochukwu Ezizi and President, Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA)
Hon. Tony Iju Nwabunike to spearhead a protest to the National Assembly in addition to kick against the newly approved individual participation of the Council elections.
While urging the associations to boycott the elections if need be , he lamented that the Transportation Ministry has been eager from day one to hijack CRFFN.
While describing the actions of the Ministry as illegal and hammering on the need to protect the existing laws of the council, he added that the Transport Ministry has failed to add value to the progress of the council, that the purpose and ideas of CRFFN has not be achieved since inception.
Speaking on the strike action embarked upon by freight forwarder in Lagos seaports, Aniebonam disclosed that NAGAFF is constructively engaging the management of Nigeria Customs Service on the VIN policy , even as he reiterated that “NAGAFF is not part of the protest.
He however called on the aggrieved protesters at Tin Can Island Port and PTML over the VIN policy to hold the Council for the Regulations of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria CRFFN responsible and accountable for failing to amicably address the issues with management of the Nigeria Customs Service.