By Ajibola Abayomi,
July 8, 2018.
The Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) has praised freight forwarders over their conduct during the election of the 15 board members in Lagos on Saturday.
National Association of Freight Forwarders and Consolidators (NAFFAC), Association of Registered Freight Forwarders in Nigeria (AREFFN), National Association of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA), Association of National Customs Licenced Agents (ANCLA) and National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) participated at the poll and each of the bodies had representation on the board.
While fielding questions from Journalists, the Registrar/ Chief Executive Officer of CRFFN, Sir Mike Jukwe said the conduct of the freight forwarders at the poll was very impressive.
He explained the elected members would be joined by the other 17 members to be nominated by the Federal Government to elect new chairman for the board in Abuja soon.
While denying the insinuation that one of the candidates was disqualified because he opted to contest as independent candidate, he was quick to state that “we have a guide line set up for the election and we played by the rules.
“No one was prevented from contesting. The requirement for qualification for election into the CRFFN board was clear and only those that meet the stipulated requirement were cleared for the poll.”
He said the board would zoom into action after its inauguration to ensure robust regulation of the activities of freight forwarders in the country.
The Registrar however emphasised that only those that meet the requirement to practice as freight forwarders as stipulated in the CRFFN act would be allowed to operate in Nigeria.
Meanwhile observation during the poll NAGAFF clearly outclassed other associations with massive voting for its members.
Those elected from the Land Boarder/Airport zone with their respective votes include Mr Agubanze Emmanuel Emezie (31), Awogbemi Timothy Toluwase (60), Azeez Bamidele Tajudeen (1), Bakare Adeyinka (28), Sanni Shittu Alao (1).
For the Western Ports, we have: Chukwurah Ozo (7), Dikeanwah Kelly Austine (3). Ekemezie Ifeanyi Joseph (114), Obin Peter Oge (9) and Uche Onwuka Increase (102),
Eastern Ports has Ezeh Chi Grace (53) Eziri Tochukwu Emmanuel (47), Daura Lawal Bala (1), Njoku Henry Ifeanyichukwu (8), and Farinto Kayode Collins (3).
Some of the board members who spoke with our correspondent revealed their plans.
Uche Increase, the National President of NAGAFF described the poll as a new dawn.
He pledged to uphold the resolution of his association to accelerate policies that would fast track ease of doing business at the port.
“This is the first time all the associations at the ports will be fully represented and we are fully ready to change the tide for good.”
Princess Chi Ezeh Grace, the only female member of the board said she would join others to address critical challenges of freight forwarders.
She said she was ready to use her influence to assist the board to achieve result.
For, Mr Tochukwu Emmanuel, he described the new board as a team of liberation stressing that it was high time to unearth potentials of freight forwarding in the nation.
“This election is total liberation for maritime sector. We are ready to grab oppourtunity to make a prosperous statement.”
Mr Ifeanyi Joseph who got the highest vote at the poll said he would not relent on his hoarse at ensuring that the best policies are put in place to facilitate improved services at the ports.