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NAGAFF floors ANLCA in CRFFN elections

Barr. Samuel Nwakohu, CRFFN Registrar

 

—-wins 8 seats out of 15
—-ANLCA grabs 5
Eyewitness reporter
The National Association of Government Approved  Freight Forwarders(NAGAFF) has swept the elections into the governing board of the Council for the Regulations of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN).
In the elections conducted Wednesday at the various elections centres in  Lagos for the Western zone, in Port Harcourt for Eastern Zone, and Abuja for Northern Zone, NAGAFF got eight slots, ANLCA five slots, AREFF one slot while the remaining one slot was won by Increase Uche, an Independent candidate and the former National President of NAGAFF.
According to the summary of the results of the election released by the CRFFN,   Princess Chi Eze, Northern Zone, Airport/Land Border NAGAFF scored  224 votes,  Ibrahim Tanko Western Zone, Apapa Port, NAGAFF  scored 179 votes, Ndubuisi Uzoegbo, Western Zone, Apapa Port, NAGAFF scored  147 votes while  Awogbemi Timothy Western Zone, Airport/Land Border NAGAFF, scored 145 votes.
Others are  Increase Uche,  Eastern Zone, Airport/Land Border NAGAFF/INDEPENDENT  candidate, scored 121 votes, Chukwunonso Ejikeme Western Zone, Airport/Land Border,  NAGAFF scored 120 votes, Tochukwu Ezisi, Western Zone, Apapa Port, NAGAFF scored  110 votes, Ekemezie Ifeanyi, Western Zone, Apapa Port, NAGAFF scored 72 votes.

WINNERS OF YEAR 2022 CRFFN BOARD ELECTION  

  

FIFTEEN (15) GOVERNING COUNCIL BOARD MEMBERS  

S/N  NAMES  CATCHMENT AREAS  ASSOCIATION  NUMBER OF VOTES
1.  Princess Chi Eze  Northern Zone, Airport/Land Border  NAGAFF  224 VOTES
2.  Ibrahim Tanko  Western Zone, Apapa Port  NAGAFF  179 VOTES
3.  Ndubuisi Uzoegbo  Western Zone, Apapa Port  NAGAFF  147 VOTES
4.  Awogbemi Timothy  Western Zone, Airport/Land Border  NAGAFF  145 VOTES
5.  Increase Uche  Eastern Zone, Airport/Land Border  NAGAFF/INDEPENDENT  121 VOTES
6.  Chukwunonso Ejikeme Western Zone, Airport/Land Border  NAGAFF  120 VOTES
7.  Tochukwu Ezisi  Western Zone, Apapa Port  NAGAFF  110 VOTES
8.  Ekemezie Ifeanyi  Western Zone, Apapa Port  NAGAFF  72 VOTES
9.  Farinto Collins Kayode  Western Zone, Apapa Port  ANLCA  72 VOTES
10.  Muftahu Ya’u  Northern Zone, Airport/Land Border  NAGAFF  91 VOTES
11.  Henry Njoku  Eastern Zone, Onne Port  ANLCA  63 VOTES
12.  Bala Rabiu Lawan  Eastern Zone, Onne Port  AREFF  54 VOTES
13.  Isikaku Ifeanyi Goddy  Easter Zone, Onne Port  ANLCA  52 VOTES
14.  Kinsley O. Offor  Eastern Zone, Onne Port  ANLCA  44 VOTES
15.  Christopher C. Okafor  Eastern Zone, Onne Port  ANLCA  26 VOTES

CRFFN ELECTION SLOTS SUMMARY 

S/N  NAMES OF ASSOCIATION  SLOTS IN THE COUNCIL
1.  NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENT APPROVED FREIGHT FORWARDERS (NAGAFF)  8 SLOTS
2.  ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN LICENSED CUSTOMS AGENTS (ANLCA)  5 SLOTS
3.  ASSOCIATION OF REGISTERED FREIGHT FORWARDERS (AREFF)  1 SLOT
3.  NAGAFF/INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES  1 SLOT
TOTAL  15 WINNERS
Farinto Collins Kayode , Western Zone, Apapa Port ANLCA, scored  72 votes, Muftahu Ya’u , Northern Zone, Airport/Land Border, NAGAFF scored  91 votes,  Henry Njoku Eastern Zone, Onne Port, ANLCA scored  63 votes.
 Bala Rabiu Lawan, Eastern Zone, Onne Port, AREFF  scored 54 votes, Isikaku Ifeanyi Goddy  Eastern Zone, Onne Port ANLCA, scored 52 votes and Kinsley O. Offor, Eastern Zone, Onne Port ANLCA, scored 44 votes while  Christopher C. Okafor Eastern Zone, Onne Port ANLCA, scored 26 votes.
 The CRFFN elections  slot  summary indicates that NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENT APPROVED FREIGHT FORWARDERS (NAGAFF) 8 SLOTS
2. ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN LICENSED CUSTOMS AGENTS (ANLCA) 5 SLOTS
3. ASSOCIATION OF REGISTERED FREIGHT FORWARDERS (AREFF) 1 SLOT
3. NAGAFF/INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES 1 SLOT
The above candidates won the 15 seats that will represent the freight forwarders on the  32 – members CRFFN governing council in the next dispensation.
However, Prince Ozo Chukwurah, the Vice- Chairman of Board of Trustees (BOT) of ANLCA and the former member of the immediate past CRFFN governing council, failed to retain his membership of the Council as he lost in the Western Zone. He scored 55 votes while Festus Ukwu, another ANLCA member lost. He scored four votes.
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My comments on anti-trade practices of some freight forwarders misconstrued—-Tanko

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CRFFN member tackles Tanko over claims that freight forwarders are corrupt

Princess Chi Ezeh, NAGAFF Chieftain
—- says claims are false, blackmail, self-serving
Eyewitness reporter
Two frontline members of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) and incidentally members of the fourth governing board of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding Practice in Nigeria (CRFFN), Princess Chi Ezeh and Alhaji Ibrahim Tanko, have disagreed over the conduct and professional integrity of freight Nigerian forwarders.
While Alhaji Ibrahim Tanko believed that freight forwarders, of which he is one of their stocks, are corrupt and wilfully connive with Customs officers to circumvent the new Vehicles Identification Number (VIN) valuation policy in order to cheat the federal government of its revenue, Princess Chi Ezeh holds contrary views, saying freight forwarding is an ethical profession which is an integral part of value chains in the transport industry.
Recall that Alhaji Ibrahim Tanko had declared that freight forwarders evade customs duties with the collaboration of corrupt customs officers through the manipulation of the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR), stating that “most freight forwarders have started cutting corners by conniving with valuation officers and releasing officers to get the ex-factory price as value payable on used vehicles.”
Princess Ezeh, the only female member on the fourth governing board of the CRFFN,  however, took a swipe at Alhaji Tanko, the National Coordinator of NAGAFF’s Compliance team, over his comments, saying they were self-serving, meant to gain cheap publicity and blackmail government agencies.
She said that the fourth CRFFN board, of which the two contending NAGAFF members are part, is concerned about effectively regulating freight forwarding in a bid to stop the practice of using false statements to gain popularity or blackmail government agencies.
“In my professional opinion, condemning freight forwarders because of PAAR is wrong because PAAR isn’t the final document for clearing cargoes.
“It is advisory as the cargoes and the accompanying declarations are further subjected to either physical or documentary checks at the ports.
“CRFFN is concerned about correcting this wrong perception about freight forwarders,” she said.

According to Chi Ezeh, PAAR as it is, is a function of valuation principles based on general agreement on Trade and Tariffs, quality and quantity of the items, and even the application of rules of origin.

She condemned what she described as the de-marketing efforts of Alhaji Tanko which she believed negatively affect the image of the freight forwarding profession in particular and the maritime industry in general in the eye of the international community.
She also condemned the act that she described as unpatriotic and capable of undermining  Nigeria’s Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs).

Chi Ezeh further disclosed that the industry practitioners are professionals for whom such a blanket label of unethical conduct is not only false but unpatriotic.

She said the cargo clearing system is a chain involving many agencies, all of whom ensure that best practices are applied in cargo handling towards Customs revenue generation and national security.

Chi Ezeh who is also the Vice President in-charge of seaports at the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), stressed that every ex-factory price given in valuation is always approved by the Customs Area Controller while the physical examination is conducted for vehicle declarations by Customs and all other approved government agencies in the ports.

She posited that it is not possible for all the agencies involved in cargo clearance to standby and allow the false allegations raised in the publication.

“Freight forwarding is an ethical profession where the practitioners have high-level integrity.

“Like the profession of doctors, accountants, lawyers, among others; there are ethics, principles, and standards.
“I totally disagree with the insinuation that all freight forwarders are corrupt.
“We are an integral part of the national economy who contribute greatly to the economic and physical security of the nation through the huge revenue profile announced by customs annually.”

“The truth is that these cargoes are being examined. So, does this mean that everyone in the entire supply chain is corrupt?

“If Customs is being accused of corruption in connivance with freight forwarders, how about the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and other agencies because examination of cargoes isn’t done by Customs alone.
“So, this accusation is wrong and demarkets freight forwarding as well as the entire players in the industry,” Chi Ezeh said.
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