Freight forwarders knock CRFFN over failure to register Nigeria with FIATA

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Freight forwarders knock CRFFN over failure to register Nigeria with FIATA
Segun Oladipupo    |   
For its continued failure to register Nigeria with International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), a group has knocked the Council for the Regulations of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN).

The Africa Association of Professional Freight Forwarders and Logistics of Nigeria (APFFLON) on Wednesday in Lagos said freight forwarding regulatory agency is yet to achieve anything since its inauguration.

FIATA, known as architect of Transport, covers about forty thousand logistics and forwarding firms globally.

FIATA has about 10 million people from 150 countries in its employ.

However, Nigeria lost its membership owing to some shortcomings few years ago and is yet to be re-admitted into the association.

In a chat wiith newsmen at the head office of AFFLON, National President of the group, Otunba Frank Ogunojemite, called for stakeholders’ assessment and  evaluation of the council’s performance since  its inception saying it has not met stakeholders’ expectation.

Otunba Ogunojemite accused CRFFN for using the logo of the international body while it is not a member even as he called on the Council to justify its delay or non inclusion in the body.

He maintained that his group has members across the nation’s seaports, land borders and airports, saying APFFLON was established to help achieve the purpose of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

His words,  “CRFFN needs to be evaluated by stakeholders.

“There must be checks and balances in all that they do and as am talking to now, Nigeria is not with FIATA.

“If Nigeria is not with FIATA then what is the Council doing since inception.”

Asked what is the implications on freight forwarding practitioners in Nigeria, the APFFLON boss reiterated that it has denied the country of global recognition.

He explained that Nigeria cannot participate on virtual and webinar hosted by FIATA and would be difficult for Nigerians to participate in global conferences put together by the world body of practitioners.

“I am so sad that we are yet to be a member of  FIATA and we continuously fly the flag here in Nigeria

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