The African Association of Professional Freight Forwarders and Logistics of Nigeria (APFFLON) in partnership with other freight forwarding associations has constituted an Election Taskforce to curb possible malpractices during the upcoming Governing Council elections for the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN).
The association in a statement signed by its National President, Otunba Frank Ogunojemite also commended the Minister of Transportation, Hon Rotimi Amaechi and the entire leadership of the Ministry for the commitment to organize the elections.
The association have however thrown its weight behind the Minister, especially with the selection of Abuja as the venue for the elections.
“We applaud this timely decision to have this election which addresses the lacuna that was created at CRFFN since the expiration of the last Governing Council in November, 2020.
“Your decision to have the process open to individual members of CRFFN is also a commendable one as it gives more qualified people opportunities, curbs the practice of godfatherism and the high level gimmicks of some freight forwarding groups.
“As part of efforts to collaborate with the Transport Ministry in a bid to attain hitch-free elections organized in a credible manner, APFFLON in partnership with other freight forwarding associations has constituted an Election Taskforce to curb possible malpractices.
“This group of like-minded people across the various associations have formed this taskforce which is a demonstration of the togetherness among freight forwarding practioners with the singular goal of having a credible Governing Council election that would lead to a stable and more productive CRFFN.
“As advocates of ease of doing business, we will project the best interest of the Transport Ministry which is the organization of a credible electoral process because we will exposing any effort to hijack or disorganize the polls”
“Despite the claims that having the impending election in Abuja poses logistics constraints, APFFLON fully endorses the Abuja venue because it would limit the influx of riffraffs and touts that could have been easily mobilized to cause chaos in Lagos” Ogunojemite stated
He however suggested that subsequent elections should be electronic in line with automation which is the global best standard for such development.
According to him, utilizing online strategies for the polls would also reduce human interface amid the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic and display the level of innovation that CRFFN and the Transport Ministry deserves.