CRFFN Election: S’East Freight Forwarders Vow to Resist Lagos as Venue, Opt for Abuja, P’Harcourt


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*As ANLCA, NAGAFF leaders reject Abuja, insist on Lagos venue
By Our Reporter
The planned election into the Governing Board of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) suffered a setback on Monday as the freight forwarders were divided on the venue of the election.
At the end of their forum held in Port Harcourt on Monday, the freight forwarders from Eastern Zone rejected the choice of Lagos for the election.
Incidentally, freight forwarders in Lagos have in the past few weeks been clamouring for the choice of Lagos for the election.
The freight forwarders at the end of their meeting in Port Harcourt issued a communiqué insisting that they are ready for a centralized venue other than Lagos.
In other words, they agreed that they will be ready to go to Abuja for the election and not Lagos as against the wishes of those in Lagos.
In the communiqué, the freight forwarders said that should the planning committee decide to hold the election in Lagos, it must as well hold its own election in Port Harcourt simultaneously.
The communiqué was signed by representatives of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Association of Registered Freight Forwarders (AREFF) and National Council Managing Directors of Customs Agents (NCMDCA).
The communiqué was signed by Mr Michael Ebeator – ANLCA Chairman, Mr. O. Hypolit – NAGAFF Vice Chairman, Mr Obinna Ugochukwu – AREFF, Mr. Emeh Samuel – NCMDCA.
The leaders of the freight forwarders associations also warned against any plan to impose freight forwarders who are not resident in the East for the election.
At the Forum organised by the same associations in Lagos and attended by the Founder of NAGAFF, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, President of ANLCA, Iju Tony Nwabunike, Secretary of NCMDCA, Mr Festus Ukwu, among other prominent members, the freight forwarders formally and unanimously rejected the choice of Abuja for the election.
The freight forwarders also rejected the idea of independent candidates contesting the election without going through the associations.
What this means is that all the candidates who bought forms to contest the election outside the mandate of associations may be disqualified.
Aggrieved members of some of the associations had decided to contest the election outside their associations following imposition of between N10million and N5million to be paid to the associations to secure their mandate.


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