By Chidi Anthony Opara
The new hysteria by supposed Professionals to launder the soiled garment of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) crash training program is noted.
These supposed Professionals have been trying hard to whitewash a scheme, though laudable, but fundamentally flawed in conceptualization with Professional mumbo jumbo.
The issues are not about the importance of training, the issues are about the conceptualization of the current training scheme.
The CRFFN crash training program have the undermentioned fundamental flaws.
(1) It is been anchored by academicians as against the normal practice of using seasoned professionals as consultants.
(2) The location of the scheme is not widespread. The scheme does not run in all locations where freight forwarding is practiced in Nigeria. It is also not a virtual scheme.
(3) The cost for an average freight forwarder is exorbitant. It may not be for a few.
(4) The duration of the crash program is very short (less than a month). Participants cannot in honesty be expected to grasp the fundamentals of supply chain management in that duration of time.
(5) The selection of participants is mainly on “Cash and Carry” basis, that is if one have the capacity to pay. This is evident in the graduation of at least one stark illiterate from the scheme.
(5) The scheme was wrongly conceptualized as “entry qualification”, against common sense and against the provisions of the CRFFN act.
-Chidi Anthony Opara, RFF, FIIM.