CRFFN Elections Screening: APFFLON Lament Poor Preparation
…Registered Associations Allegedly Storm Venue to Intimidate CRFFN Officials
The African Professional Freight Forwarders and Logistics of Nigeria (APFFLON) has raised concerns over the poor preparations of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) in the ongoing screening of candidates for the coming governing council elections.
President of APFFLON, Otunba Frank Ogunojemite in a press briefing on Monday expressed worries that the lacklustre attitude of the screening committee could lead to election malpractices.
Meanwhile DAILY TREND NEWS gathered exclusively that some of the candidates under registered associations had stormed the Rockview Hotel screening location, with an attempt to hoodwink and Intimidate CRFFN officials.
One of the member who confided in our correspondent said that the associations contestants came with high level intimidation against the screening committee.
According to him, it was a very rowdy session, and the reason for intimidation was obvious, to compelled the committee not to ask for tax clearance of the contestants amongst other requirements.
Meanwhile, the APFFLON President while speaking said that as at 12:30pm of Monday, the council in Lagos was yet to screen any of the candidates adding that the lack of adequate preparations will lead to inconsistencies in the screening process.
According to him, “as at 12:30pm yesterday only two laptops and four personnel were on ground to attend to the many freight forwarders in Lagos, they were yet to have a direction and this could lead to inconsistency in the screening process, because if they don’t have resources how will they be able to screen properly”
Speaking further, the APFFLON boss lampooned the council over failure to get back official vehicles and properties in hands of former governing council members, he described the action as laughable while asking that the vehicles be retrieved from the outgoing board including those contesting and those that are not.
“The Registrar said the outgoing board members who are contesting should return the vehicles in their possession, does that mean those that are not contesting can go with it, they ought to have collected the vehicles and government properties before now, it is just so pathetic” he said.
“The management of CRFFN should be sanitized and those due for retirement should go, if the management is disciplined, I see no reason they can’t plan the election well”, he lamented further.