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[Just in] CRFFN board: NAGAFF muscles smaller associations out, plans to take ten seats

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Why CRFFN has failed to deliver on its mandate

…contributes over N100 million as take off fund.

Segun Oladipupo

The National Association of Governmemt Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) said it has decided to to take 10  of the 15 professional seats in the fourth coming  governing board of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarders (CRFFN)

The group said it regretted alloting seats to smaller sister associations in the dissolved third board , while the Association of Nigerian Customs Licensed Agents (ANLCA) may take the remaining five seats, if it wants to.

Recall that there was a gentleman agreement among the five freight forwarding associations in the last election where six members were alloted to NAGAFF and ANLCA respectively while other three smaller associations took a seat each.

In preparation for this, NAGAFF claimed  that the association had contributed over N100 million as a take off fund.

This is contained in a statement made available to our correspondent by the Founder of the Group, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam.

Aniebonam, who doubles as the National Chairman of the New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP), said that 1100 out of the 1300 eligible voters are members of NAGAFF.

Full text of the statement reads, “The national association of government approved freight forwarders have activated its machinery to win 10 seats out of the 15 available seats in the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding  in Nigeria .

“This has become necessary the need to give direction and character in the administration and management of the council for the regulation of freight forwarding in Nigeria.

“You will recall that in the last election into the council Chambers, the magnanimity of NAGAFF to accommodate other registered  associations members  was significant .

” It is on record that out of 1300 eligible voters in the last election that NAGAFF had 1100 voters .

“This simply means that if NAGAFF had decided to pick the 15 seats available that she would have done that. Here we were that did not happen but rather we opted to accommodate other sister associations through a memo of understanding.

“Seats we allocated to NCMDLCA 1, NAFFAC 1, AREFFN 1, ANLCA 6 AND NAGAFF 6.

” We regret to state that the story changed at the Council Chambers where it became a case of betrayal of trust and conspiracy to with against NAGAFF by the small group associations .
“As it stands, we may be going into the election with ANLCA left with the remaining five seats .
“NAGAFF may not be  ready for any compromise any longer  but strictly business as it were. The young and  golden boys and the Princess of NAGAFF are ever determined to add value in the proper management and administration of CRFFN.

“This has become necessary because CRFFN is a baby of NAGAFF and we must not allow it to die.

“CRFFN is the pride of NAGAFF and we hold it firm to our chest. We therefore call upon all the young freight forwarders who do not have customs licence to their advantage to join NAGAFF and CRFFN where they are duly protected under the law .
” It is only CRFFN that has the absolute powers to control and regulate freight forwarding profession in Nigeria.

“Please note that practioners as registered freight forwarders of Nigeria under CRFFN do not necessarily need the ownership of licences issued by the customs to practice.

“A freight forwarder is primarily a natural person who undertakes the services of moving goods across the international boundaries of a state to arrive at the owners warehouse in good order and condition, safety and most economic cost.

“It is therefore the statutory responsibility of CRFFN to set standards of practice and certification of practioners and as may be approved by the Council.

“Join NAGAFF now to the journey of liberation of the young freight forwarders who are in the majority and needed to be powered to freedom and prosperity.
Meanwhile, NAGAFF has released the list of 10 members that will go into the October CRFFN elections.
The name of its President , Increase Uche, who represented NAGAFF in the dissolved governing, was dropped.
The nominated members include.
1  MALLAM IBRAHIM TANKO

2 ENGR EMMANUEL UMEADI.

3 ENGR CHUKWUNONSO EJIKEME

4 CHIEF IFEANYI EKEMEZIE

5 DR OKECHUKWU OKORO

6 MR NDUBUISI UZOEGBO

7 CHIEF TOCHUKWU EZISI

8  MR TIMOTHY AWOGBEMI

9 PRINCESS CHI GRACE EZEH

10 BARRISTER HENRY ORAROTIMI

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