One of the board members who pleaded anonymity confirmed to our correspondent that all chairmen of various committees on the board as well as many others have already received their own vehicles, while the rest is yet to be delivered.
Sources in the Council also confirmed to our correspondent that the vehicles were purchased on credit, with the hope of repaying the debts when the Council realise money from POF collection at the ports.
Meanwhile, criticism have started trailing the CRFFN, even as Customs brokers lamented that after almost one year in office, the Council has not made any meaningful changes in the sector.
Speaking with our correspondent, a frontline Customs Broker at Tin Can Island Port, Alhaji Akanni Balogun berated the board members, saying that most of them are on the board for personal interests.
He asked that members of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) be removed from the CRFFN because they are being regulated by Nigeria Customs Service which is under the Ministry of Finance.
Speaking on the alleged incapabilities of the CRFFN board members, Balogun queried that “What aspect of the profession have they intervened, shipping companies and terminal operators are overcharging us, CRFFN have never intervened, they don’t even know what is happening in the ports. They have never visited any port to see what is going on, but they want to start collecting money”
“Let them continue, we are watching them”
“If you are given a new vehicle, won’t you like it? This is why I said that those who are in the board are there for their personal interests”
“Since they got into that office, what have they done to assist the clearing agents? They are there creating confusion in the industry, why is it that they are only bent on collecting POF from the port”
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