CRFFN Board Election: NAGAFF Pushes for All 15 Seats Available, Raises N100m for Election Logistics


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*Offers to reposition regulatory body after years of failure
By Francis Ugwoke
The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) on Thursday said it is pushing to win all the 15 seats available in the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) Governing Board election holding in October.
The association said it has already concluded plans to correct all the malfunctioning in CRFFN by being part of the election into the Governing Board.
NAGAFF said the mission of members would be to reposition CRFFN to perform its statutory functions in the total logistics chain management industry.
To drive home its state of preparedness for the election, contestants for the election have already raised a sum of N100 million for necessary logistics required for the purposes of the election.
More funds will follow, a source told SHIPPING DAY.
In a statement by the Secretary of the association, Dipo Olayoku, the founder of NAGAFF, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam on Thursday addressed members on the election during an interactive session with members of the association who have signified their intention to contest the October 9th, 2021 election into the Governing Council of the CRFFN.
Speaking at the interactive session which was held at the association’s headquarters in Apapa, Lagos, Aniebonam said the large number of contestants from NAGAFF was a clear signal that the association is ready to go all out to claim the maximum seats to be able to effect the necessary changes in the modus operandi of the CRFFN.
The Founder of NAGAFF said it is an open secret that the CRFFN has not lived up to expectations since its inception because those with the basic knowledge of the reasons for the establishment of the Regulatory body may not have been found at the driver’s seat.
Aniebonam traced the history of the birth of CRFFN, laying emphasis on the roles played by NAGAFF from the preparation of the bill through the legislative processes at the National Assembly until it was signed into law as the CRFFN Act 16, 2007.
He expressed worries that those who tried to kill the CRFFN Bill later took the driver’s seat after its birth and messed up the Council from inception stopping it from meeting the yearnings and aspirations of its founding fathers.
He urged all the contestants from NAGAFF to see the election as a serious business, in which NAGAFF will only settle for maximum seats to be able to take control of the Council to make it deliver on its mandate.
He reminded them that the young freight forwarders were looking up to NAGAFF to liberate them from the current exploitation in the Industry, using the CRFFN platform.
Aniebonam urged other NAGAFF members spread all over the country to pick up forms to be able to contest all the 15 seats, because the Association has what it takes to do just that.
At the end of the meeting the Management of the Association in conjunction with the Contestants resolved to give the election their best in order to record resounding success and possibly take all the fifteen seats available.


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