— as it celebrates about 500 graduating logistics providers
The Council For The Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria(CRFFN) is set to wield the big stick on the freight forwarders who fail to get the minimum educational requirement to practice in the freight forwarding and logistics supply industry in Nigeria.
To this end, the Council has reiterated its warning that any freight forwarder who is not certificated in the freight forwarding and logistics practice would be deregistered by December 2021.
The Registrar of the Council, Barrister Samuel Nwakohu, who dropped the hint yesterday, said that any freight forwarder deregistered on account of non-certification will be barred from practising in any of the Nigerian ports as the activities of such person would be declared illegal.
Barrister Nwakohu, who was speaking to Journalists at the Lagos office of the council, however, said he has the discretionary powers to extend the date depending on the circumstance that subsists at that time.
”By December, this year, any freight forwarder who does not have the specified requirement, we shall consider stopping such person from practising.
”However, I have a discretion I may exercise, having regard to the circumstance, to extend the time to acquire the required educational qualifications”, Barrister Nwakohu declared.
Meanwhile, preparations are in top gear by the Council to organise a maiden graduation ceremony for freight forwarders who have acquired various educational proficiencies in freight forwarding and logistics supply.
According to Mr. Alban Igwe, the Director of Education and Training, CRFFN, about 500 freight forwarders who have completed their training at various accredited educational institutions in the country, would participate in the graduation ceremony which comes on Saturday, November, 27th, 2021, at the Tayo Aderinokun Lecture theatre, University of Lagos.
Giving details of the long journey that eventually culminated in the grand ceremony on Saturday, Igwe said that as part of the core mandate of the Council to sanitise the freight forwarding practice and educate the practitioners in the modern art of the profession, the Council commenced the process in 2012 by getting international accreditation of the Federation International of Freight Forwarding Association (FIATA).
After this, he said the Council sponsored 236 persons to the Train-the-Trainers programme at FIATA, adding that some of Saturday’s graduates are the products of these specially trained people.
“We achieved this milestone at a great cost to the Council and in our desire to fulfill the mandate given to us as a Council” Igwe stated.
He explained further that in furtherance of this objective, the Council initially accredited one educational institution in each of the six geo-political zones of the country to train the freight forwarders in Certificate courses, Diploma Courses, and Higher Diploma courses.
However, as time went on, the numbers of the accredited institutions were expanded to 16 in the country where the Customs brokers could avail themselves the opportunity to update their knowledge on the modern trend in freight forwarding practice.
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