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NAGAFF flexes muscle over CRFFN elections

Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, Founder NAGAFF
—vows  to grab 10 seats on the Council
—-mobilises N100m take-off funds.
Eyewitness reporter
The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF)  has vowed to muscle out other sister associations, especially the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), out of the next governing board of the  Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarders (CRFFN).
Towards this end, the group has decided to take 10 seats from the 15 professional seats on the Council while leaving the remaining five seats to ANLCA and other smaller groups.
Also, the association has lined up 10 of its members to contest the October elections into the Council while it claimed that the sum of 100 million has been mobilised to prosecute the agenda.
The group said it regretted alloting seats to smaller sister associations in the dissolved third governing board.

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 the other three smaller associations took a seat each.

This was 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.

The full text of the statement reads, “The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders has 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 a 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 practitioners 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 owner’s 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 practitioners and as may be approved by the Council.

“Join NAGAFF now to the journey of the 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 was one of the six representatives of  NAGAFF on the dissolved governing board, 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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Kayode Farinto, Ag, Pre4sident, ANLCA
Eyewitness reporter
Kayode Farinto, the Acting President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has enjoined freight forwarders to use their votes to bring in a government that has a passion for the welfare of freight forwarders in Nigeria.
The ANLCA chieftain made this call Monday in his May Day/ Sallah message to the freight forwarders confraternity.
Farinto, who bemoaned the harassment and intimidation the freight forwarders are being subjected to under the outgoing government in terms of multiple charges, levies and extortions, urged the oppressed customs brokers to use their PVCs to bring in a presidential candidate who will end the misery and sufferings of freight forwarders.
Consequently, he asked that the freight forwarders should mobilise at least five million votes in the maritime industry for a presidential candidate among the legion of contenders who will work for the welfare of customs brokers.
“The inconsistency in government policies is an eye-opener and we will enjoin our members to give the over five million votes in the industry to a presidential candidate that will be explicit on how to assist the Freight forwarding profession viz a viz implementation of people’s welfare policies their support and endorsements come 2023.
Farinto said the present government has shown a lack of empathy for the suffering and harassed freight forwarders who are even overburdened with all manner of charges in the face of an economic crunch.
“We won’t allow anyone to fool us like this outgoing government is doing.
“We are gradually losing our profession to foreign domination courtesy of lack of law that will protect indigenous practitioners”, he lamented.
While urging the freight forwarders to brace up for the reintroduction of the revised Vehicles Identification Number (VIN) valuation policy this month, the ANLCA Chief warned them to be on their guard against people who may wish to compromise the process to the detriment of freight forwarders.
“Let me commence by saying that, it is obvious that the NCS will be implementing the VIN VALUATION this month, going by the news filtering around us in the industry and we need to monitor this because people will not want the process to be successful may introduce things outside our agreement into the procedures”
“I have released the agreed procedures on clearance of Standard Chassis vehicles that fall within VIN valuation and Non-Standard chassis vehicles,salvage, and accidented vehicles a few days ago.
 “We need to allow these new changes going by all we go through in the hands of customs various units to clear vehicles in the ports”
He recounted the horrific process of a clearance procedure, especially of vehicles, which he said is laced with extortions by the Customs
 “Even when you take your valuation, many alerts are put on our declarations and it takes the grace of God and difficult conditions to get them out of the ports.
“As if that is not enough, you need to know the numbers of calls we receive from our members delivering these vehicles within and outside the Lagos environment.
“Many customs units will say, your values are compromised, it must be jacked up and many of us are at their mercies pleading that DN should not be issued on already exited vehicles.
“This and many more things are what we believe The VIN valuation will eliminate.
“Many agents have been given forged and mutilated valuation papers by the third parties and are left to suffer the consequences of whatever happens.
“We do not need all this to get our vehicles released and we promise to challenge any command that may want to use the office of monitoring to extort money from our members when this new process commences.
The ANLCA Acting President also promised that the controversial issue of the National Automotive Council (NAC) 15 percent level will be pursued to its logical conclusion through the involvement of the national assembly and the instrumentality of the soon to be inaugurated Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding Practice in Nigeria (CRFFN).
“The issue of 15 percent NAC turn levy will be pursued vigorously immediately after the Sallah break
because we will engage the National Assembly on the need for them to know that, this government is not sensitive to the plight of the masses to have introduced a levy at this period when the economy is in comatose.
” And we will also ensure that the Federal Ministry of Finance is dragged before the people’s representatives on this matter.
“Since the CRFFN governing council may also be inaugurated this week, it will be our first issue to be raised at the plenary which needs urgent national attention.
“All our efforts to eliminate NAC turn levy is being done in collaboration with the motor dealers association”
Farinto however said that before these lofty objectives of the leadership of the freight forwarders could be achieved, the members of the confraternity must be united to achieve their common goal.
“We must however come together to achieve greatness. An injury to one should be an injury to all” he declared.
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