By Ajibola Abayomi,
August 9, 2018.
Founder of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Dr Boniface Aniebonam has announced his intention to retire as freight forwarder from next year.
The 65 years old ex-Customs officer and one of the foremost voices in the maritime sector founded NAGAFF in 1999.
Speaking during a party he organised for maritime journalists at the NAGAFF Village, Apapa on Thursday, he said his aspiration to professionalise freight forwarding in the nation was fulfilled with the election of six members of the association into the board of Council for Regulation of Freight Forwarding of Nigeria (CRFFN).
“19 years ago, when I took the initiative to form NAGAFF, a lot of doubting Thomases said the body won’t last three months.
“I remember one of my good journalist friends, Sesan Oyedemo was the one who said, give them three months, they would be history at the maiden press conference of NAGAFF. But today, we have was proved the statement wrong.
“His words were the tonic I needed and what spurred me on. Today, he is one of the best friends of NAGAFF. I thank him because he challenged us and we never looked back till date.”
Aniebonam added that having spent six years as the first president of the association, he felt it was time to move on as a democratic and allowed younger ones to take over.
“By next year, I will be exiting the maritime industry because it is time to allow younger people to come on board. All the ageing people like me should go with me in the association and the maritime industry.
“Those of you in the media too should close ranks and form a virile association in the maritime sector to act as umbrella body without compromising the autonomy of your different groups. It is good for your own benefit.
“However, all the old people must go for the younger ones to take over and take responsibility. Without that no progress. So either in NAGAFF or in the maritime media, all the old people must go for the younger ones so that we can have a better society”, Aniebonam said.