About a year after the Founder of Association of Government. Approved Freight Forwarders, (NAGAFF,)Dr. Boniface Aniebonam described the appointment of the Registrar of Council for Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN). Barr. Samuel Nwakohu as “a black day in the Freight Forwarding profession” has finally come to lime light.
According to the NAGAFF founder, in a statement online, declared October 31, 2018 (the day the appointment was made) “a black day in freight forwarding profession in Nigeria, A day rule of law and constitutional provisions may have been thrown overboard by Hon. Minister of Transportation”, “Hon. Rotimi Amaechi.
The political gladiator did not miss words, as the CRFFN is currently divided, the Minister and Registar are in party A while the Council board members in party B respectively.
While the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Registrar of CRFFN where hosting some National Assembly members in attendance alongside Chairman Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Sen Danjuma Goje, House Committee on Ports and Harbours, Garba Datti and his board members were not in attendance of stakeholders sensitization workshop on freight forwarding as a career in Nigeria at Radisson Blu Hotel in Ikeja.
Rather the Board members and their Chairman were in a Round table meeting with Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) both on the same date 30th October 2019 and time.
Although Ebony Herald gather that the Council members were having difficulty in relating with the Registrar of the Council, Barr Samuel
The board Chairman of CRFFN
Abubakar and the Vice Chairman of the board, Chief Henry Njokwu took time to roll out their achievements in office so far among which are :,
Engagement of a new Registrar, re-organizing the management of CRFFN and moving them to Lagos, Establishment of standing committees, Successful hosting of government council and management retreats, Engaging consultants for effective and efficient revenue generation, Interpretation with the MDA under federal ministry of transportation such as:NPA, shippers Council, NIMASA, custom, meeting with major stake holders in the Maritime industry in the consultative forum committee of the council, Completed accreditation with some Nigeria universities for training of Freight forwarders such as Lagos, sokoto, nsuka, and makurdi universities, developing and designing of corporate headquarters of CRFFN in Abuja and Gazzetting of Practitioners Operating Fees (POF).
When he was asked about the frosty relationship between the Minister and the Registrar of the Council, Abubakar denied such reports, saying that the board members did not boycott the meeting with Amaechi, but that the meeting was purely managerial.
Speaking, he said “We are having a very good relationship with the minister and the ministry, we were together with the minister, they always give us support in whatever we are doing, both the minister and the state minister, we are all working together. Also with the registrar, we are working with understanding and without any problems”
“The meeting going on there is purely managerial, it is not true that we boycotted it, they are training some of the members”
Investigations by our correspondent revealed that the CRFFN board members were not getting enough money to throw around as they envisaged. The Minister was said to have also delayed collection of the Practitioners Operating Fees (POF) a major source of revenue for the council.
Abubakar and his Vice Chairman of the board, Chief Henry Njokwu also confirmed MARAN that the Council is broke and that the retreat it embarked upon in Dubai few months ago was sponsored by a private company.
More so , the CRFFN Chairman said “We are still having financial problems and up till now we cannot do anything by ourselves, the budget we have is only the budget for capital projects which, this is the only money we have now from the federal government”
“Apart from these, there is no single money from anywhere, until when we have started generating our revenue, that is when we can start getting something”
Abubakar said the Council has concluded plans to implement an integration with other government agencies under the transport ministry including Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Nigerian Shippers Council and Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)
He said “POF is just one source of income, we have registration fees and annual subscription fees, but the major money are still there somewhere, we are working now to ensure that when we link up with various agencies like NIMASA, NPA, Shippers Council, these are where the monies are going to come”
“The only money we are getting for now is from registration fees, while the major funds are in other government agencies. By integration, it means that we are going to be on the same platform with them, even on the wet cargo, this is where the money is”
“We are going to put some of these things in our Act, the Act has stayed for so long and it needs to be changed, including domestication