By DAPO OLAWUNI
Minister of Transportation, Hon Rotimi Amaechi may have taken his decision on the forthcoming elections into the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) even as he has invited all contestants, both Independent and Association sponsored for a meeting in Abuja.
Recall that the freight forwarding associations under CRFFN had proposed a sharing formula of 188.8.131.52.1, meaning that there should be no free and fair election, rather the positions should be shared among them.
This position has attracted a lot of criticism from all quarters of the industry, even as some freight forwarders have threatened to go to court if the election is not thrown open to all interested parties.
President of the African Association of Professional Freight Forwarders and Logistics of Nigeria (APFFLON) Otunba Frank Ogunojemite has commended the Minister for the step he took.
In a press statement issued in Lagos, Ogunojemite said the Minister’s extension of invitations to all contestants who purchased forms for CRFFN election into its Governing Board shows that he is a man with listening ears.
He applauded the Minister for his fairness to all the categories that form CRFFN membership.
The Minister, in a notification letter on his behalf, signed by Mr.Ewache A. Victor , Deputy Director, Inland Container Depot, extended invites to the contestants to a meeting slated for Friday 26th November, 2021, at Federal Ministry of Transportation Conference Room, where issues bordering on the forthcoming Council election are expected to be addressed.
In the press release, APFFLON expressed optimism that perfect deliberation and fair decisions would prevail during the meeting.
” APFFLON is happy that the Honourable Minister has demonstrated fairness by the general invitation. Besides, APFFLON, as an advocacy group, has strongly condemned the dirty politics that has bedeviled the planned Council election which ought to have been done and dusted before now”.
” Recall that APFFLON recently berated the Registrar of the Council for excluding individuals and corporate bodies who form part of the Council’s membership as provided by the Act establishing it, from a meeting he invited only the Presidents and their Secretaries on the 10th of November,2021, at Rockview Hotel, Apapa, Lagos.
“We at APFFLON protested against the invitation of one out of the three categories that form the Council’s membership as it is a clear violation of Section 4 of the Act.”
“The Honourable Minister of Transportation has proven that he has a listening ear, having invited all the contestants and not only those being sponsored by the so called”accredited associations”.
“We appreciate the Hon. Minister for taking a bold step toward finding a lasting solution to the lingering imbroglios. We also want to advise the Minister not to take seriously those whose interests lie on the sharing of Practitioners Operating Fee (POF)”.
” The expectations of every Stakeholder is a free and fair CRFFN Governing Board election as there is need for radical change in the industry. We strongly believe in the ability of the Minister as well as his uncompromising stance on conducting a ranchor free election,” the group stated.