The Founder of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders(NAGAFF), Dr. Boniface Aniebonam has urged freight forwarders in the country to always comply with the rules guiding operations in the maritime industry.
Dr. Aniebonam who gave the advice in his address at the inauguration of the new executives of the Onne Port chapter of NAGAFF in Port-Harcouirt, said as professionals , they must never involve themselves in activities that are inimical to the interest of their clients and that of Nigeria in all their dealings, adding that they must imbibe the concept of hard work, education and patriotism.
The Founder who was represented on the occasion by the Chairman Board of Trustees of NAGAFF, Chief Chidiebere Enelamah implored members of the association in Onne Port to search for knowledge and enhance their skill acquisition in order to compete favourably with their contemporaries anywhere in the world by taking the advantage of the window opportunity provided by the NAGAFF high command through the recently resuscitated Academy, to improve their knowledge.
He further enjoined them to maintain harmonious relationship with all stakeholders in the industry for their betterment , as well as ensure high level of responsible partnership and collaboration with the Customs, engaging them and other agencies of government constructively and in good faith, friendship and professionalism.
“Take note that the most effective way to of cultivating friendship with government agents is to respect and imbibe the culture of rule of law.
“In the course of your business, it is apparent that there might be areas of conflict with regard to trade disputes. Our platform is usually that of deploying consultation, communication, dialogue and negotiation”, he concludes..
Dr. Aniebonam however congratulated the newly inaugurated executives and urged them to work as a team.
In his keynote address, the National President of NAGAFF, Chief Increase Uche urged the members of the Onne Chapter to key into the NAGAFF tenets of pursuing sustainable Freight forwarding practice, maintaining already established mutual and symbiotic working relationship with all industry stakeholders.
Chief Uche made it clear that it is mandatory that due deligence must be exercised by the Excos at all times in making genuine declaration for Customs purposes as well as compliance with regulations and the facilitation of legitimate trade.
He further called on them to join hands to promote the government policy on Ease of Doing Business reform and the diversification of the economy through the maritime industry as well as support the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement recently signed by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Highlights of the occasion was the swearing- in of the Dr Okey Okoro led Executive by the Senior Legal Adviser of NAGAFF, Barrister Fred Akokia.