Ololade Akinwande and Nike Sanda
The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has said the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) and some other uninformed staff of the transportation ministry should stop misleading the Transport Minister, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi. This was said in a press release issued by NAGAFF Forwarder, Increase Uche, The Deputy National President, Headquarters. “NAGAFF appreciates the Minister of Transportation, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi Rotimi for his bold steps in resolving the knotty issues around the collection and disbursement of the Practitioners Operating Fee (POF) which have been lingering for a very long time.
Since his assumption of office, the Minister has left no one in doubt of his determination to ensure smooth implementation of policies to assist CRFFN”, they said. But NAGAFF expressed their grievances in relation to the disbursement of the POF saying, “We are at home with many of the decisions reached in respect to POF resolutions which to us, appears as trying to amend an extant law through the back door.”
“According to the Minister’s meeting with Stakeholders including CRFFN Accredited Association, the issue of declaring which is unknown to law in this circumstance is now incorporated into the sharing of the POF and this is tantamount to amending a law procedurally passed by the national assembly”, they however said. “This is completely alien to all the previous discussions. We have it on good authority that the original committee’s report only suggested 65% to CRFFN and 33% to individual Freight Forwarders and not a declarant”, NAGAFF said.
According to the press release issued by NAGAFF, calls on the Minister of Transportation were made, in order to avoid a situation whereby his goodwill for CRFFN and Freight Forwarders will be clouded by wrong advice and decisions. In addition, the attention of the Minister is drawn to the fact that CRFFN is a government agency without prejudice to court declaration. On a concluding note , NAGAFF said “ we encourage the Minister to always consult experts before making decisions that are critical to the industry”.