By Ajibola Abayomi,
June 27, 2018.
The founder of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Dr. Boniface Aniebonam has explained why the choice of Chairman of the Governing Council of Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) was beyond contending associations at the maritime sector.
Although, the Act setting up CRFFN stipulated that the Chairman of the Council would be elected from the elected freight forwarding practitioners in the Council, howver Aniebonam stated other reason.
According to primetime reporters, he explained that since the court of competent jurisdiction in its ruling had said that CRFFN was a government agency that the President appointing a Chairman for the Council was in order, noting could stop that for now.
He argued that the court had ruled that CRFFN was an agency of the government.
His words: “Are you in position to direct the government now when the court has ruled? Mr. President appointing a Chairman is in order.
“What is wrong with that? Except to the contrary that CRFFN is not an agency of the government, automatically, Mr. President is going to appoint whoever is the Chairman of the Council, there is no doubt about that.
“Whoever that person is going to be, I don’t know and we are not in position to dictate for government but what is important to us is that NAGAFF is in the Council and when we are in the Council and whoever is the Chairman of the Council as may be appointed by the President, we will see his output”.
While describing the recent screening of candidates for the governing council election slated for this Friday and subsequent release of the names of successful candidates by the CRFFN Screening Committee as successful, he however pointed out that the guidelines for the election were specific on what aspirants must do failure of which must attract disqualification.
“So, it is not about competency or whoever you are, it is not important. There are procedures to be followed and if the procedures are not complied with, you will be disqualified and accordingly they were disqualified.
“It is not a question of whether I am satisfied or not, it doesn’t add, it doesn’t remove. The CRFFN is simply doing their job and you don’t change that, if you are aggrieved, you go to court”, he said.
On the decision of the freight forwarding association to adopt sharing formula rather than open election as procedure for this election, Aniebonam who is also the National Chairman of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) said,” We all know why we have to adopt that amicable way of resolving matters that have to do with inclusive members of the Board.
“The experience of the maiden election is obvious and it is one of the major reasons why CRFFN has not done so well. And having only members of one association, we all know doesn’t add value to it because, first you need to understand the mischief that the CRFFN was established to cure.
“So, at a time the maiden election came up with members of only one association, it has not solved the problem the Council was meant to solve.
“After the first and second council, within the period under review, five associations were registered having been profiled by the CRFFN as meriting consideration. Good thinking tells you that for us to achieve the objective of the Council, we should have inclusive members of the Council.
“This idea of individual candidate makes nonsense of the Council, it shows that something is wrong with Council, that the Council still needed to be given a touch because the Council is a regulator, the Council is to control. You don’t need anybody to tell you that the five registered associations, if you are a practitioner, you must belong to one of them to become a member of the Council” he added.