By DAPO OLAWUNI
There are indications that the 3rd governing board of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) would not be leaving office anytime soon, as key members of the board have argued that their tenure in office is for four years.
Speaking with DAILY TREND NEWS early this week, a member of the CRFFN Governing Board and Chairman of Committee on Research and International Liason of the Council, Chief Increase Uche said the governing board is still very much in place and that there is a Standing Order from a Federal High Court in Abuja that the status quo should remain.
Recall that key stakeholders in the freight forwarding sector have argued that the tenure of the current CRFFN board has expired since July 2020 and that notice of fresh elections into the Council ought to have been rolled out by now.
Many of the stakeholders kicked against clandestine moves by the board members to elongate their tenure in office, as the board had secretly approached the National Assembly in 2020 for a public hearing, and recently approached the court for interpretation of the CRFFN Act.
One of the key stakeholders who is immediate past Governing Board Chairman of the CRFFN, Aare Hakeem condemned the incumbent board chairman, Alhaji Tsanni Abubakar and his members for seeking to elongate their tenure from two years to four years without due process.
Registrar of the CRFFN, Barr Samuel Nwakohu was also reported to have advised the board members not to perpetuate themselves in office, Barrister Nwakohu was said to have advised them to relinquish their office as their tenure has ended.
But speaking exclusively with our correspondent, Chief Increase Uche who doubles as President of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) argued that many of the stakeholders calling for exit of the board are not conversant with the CRFFN Act.
He said “As far as we are concerned, our tenure is yet to expire, we are now seeking for interpretation because it is not very clear, when we were contesting election, we were told that it was for four years, so for them to now suddenly shift the goal post is not right”
“It is those that were appointed that have two years tenure”
“It is only the court that can give direction because the CRFFN says 2-years and 4-years, so it is wrong for anybody to jump into conclusions”
“But for now, we are still in office, there is a standing order from a court in Abuja that the status quo should remain. It was an enrolment order until the court determines the suit before it” Chief Increase Uche stated.