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Five accredited freight forwarders insist on 6-6-1-1 sharing formula for CRFFN elections

Why CRFFN has failed to deliver on its mandate


Segun Oladipupo

The five accredited associations of freight forwarders under the auspices of Freight Forwarders Consultative Forum  (FFCF) have restated their resolve to stand by its earlier sharing formular in the upcoming Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) board election.

In a communique signed by the representatives of the five accredited associations, the groups agreed on the 6-6-1-1-1- sharing formular among the five associations.

Recall that the Minister of Transportation through the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Mrs Magdalene Ajani had given two weeks to the freight forwarders to resolve the issues of associations and independent candidates

Coming out of the meeting, the five accredited associations said, “All Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations hereby agreed and reaffirmed our position in accordance with the CRFFN Act part 1, Section 5 (1&2)” Control by the Minister which implies that the Minister can only relate to a general character which is the Freight Forwarders Consultative Forum in this subject matter; constituted by all the accredited associations of freight forwarders in Nigeria but NOT TO ANY INDIVIDUAL PERSON.

“Furthermore, with reference to Section 5(2); the Minister must have regard for the Freight Forwarders Consultative Forum which is the general character in this subject matter.

The group however said it did not stop anyone who wants to contest as an individual candidate from doing so.

According to the group, the FFCF is empowered to act and speak with one voice on behalf of all freight forwarders in Nigeria.

“Section 8(2) stated that the FFCF shall make recommendations and standardisation of freight forwarding practice, discipline , uniform charges and any matter as referred to it by both the CRFFN and accredited associations.”

The five accredited associations include; Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), National Association of Air Freight Forwarders and Consolidators (NAFFAC).

Others are: National Council for Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA) and Association of Registered Freight Forwarders, Nigeria (AREFFN)

ANLCA and NAGAFF are billed to take six slots each while NAFFAC, NCMDLCA and AREFFN are to take a slot each.

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