…Says CRFFN Indebted to Redeemers University
By DAPO OLAWUNI
The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has declared the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) a monumental failure, even as the association alleged that CRFFN was indebted to Redeemers University for failing to pay for freight forwarders training.
In a statement signed by NAGAFF spokesman, Mr Stanley Ezenga and sent to DAILY TREND NEWS at the weekend, the freight forwarding industry in Nigeria is still an all comers affair as the council have failed to regulate and control those going into it.
NAGAFF alleged that CRFFN does not have an accurate data of practising freight forwarders in Nigeria.
“It would be recalled that immediately after the inauguration of this current board of governing council, they jetted out to Dubai on what was supposed to be a refresher course for greater productivity”
“Practitioners and stakeholders have been anxiously waiting for them to bring to bear in the industry, the knowledge and information garnered from that tour, but unfortunately it appears the council have gone into coma”
“The council is supposed to make sure that it is only those who are trained as professional freight forwarders that are practising in the field and not fake freight forwarders; professionals are meant to have the RFF (Registered Freight Forwarder) tag which means the freight forwarder would have been trained, registered and his or her name must be in the register of freight forwarders in Nigeria”
NAGAFF lamented that the freight forwarding practitioners have been waiting patiently for the CRFFN to show direction in the industry but this has never happened.
This according to the association, has given reason to freight forwarding associations setting up various compliance teams to help solve their problems by themselves.
The statement reads: “Recently, the organised groups in the industry (Freight Forwarders Association) having waited for them to show direction in their regulatory function have decided to take their destiny in their own hands by setting up various committees to address some of the challenges facing the industry especially the problems of non compliance to trade rules and regulations”
“This is a move that should be applauded by the CRFFN but alas, it was met with condemnation. How long do we have to wriggle under the weight of slumbering government agencies. We are yet to see and feel their impact of CRFFN as the regulatory agency in the freight forwarding profession, despite the budgetary allocation from government”
“We may have to call the relevant government agencies to look into their finance or order for a forensic audit. They offered to train freight forwarders as a way of building capacity being one of their core mandate”
“A partnership with Redeemers University being one of the CRFFN accredited institution was formed to use NAGAFF facilities as a study center. Many young freight forwarders who have passion for knowledge enrolled for this training which spanned over three years. From certificate class to international higher diploma”
“Many years down the line, CRFFN are yet to meet their financial obligations to the school and the graduating students could not get their certificates. May we use this auspicious time to ask the CRFFN to do the needful to the institution concerned”