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GOVERNING COUNCIL CRFFN IN GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH Minister of Transport. -. Tsanni.

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….Rolls Out Achievement Under One Year in Office

The Council for the Registration of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) says it has a robburst relationship with the Minister of Transport, Chief Amechi Rotimi and the Registrar of the Council, Mr. Samuel Nwakahu

This was against the rumors peddling around in the Industry that there is a rift between the trio which resulted to the boycott of the training programme by members of the Governing Council of CRFFN,organised by the Council’s management in Lagos on Wednesday which the Minister declared open.

The Chairman of the Governing Council, Abubakar Tsanni who made this clarifications while addressing Maritime Journalists at the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) International Press Centre, Lagos said the Council has always received the needed support from the Minister and the Ministry as well as have been working in relationship with the Registrar.

Tsanni used the forum to intimate the journalists of their milestone achievements under one year to include; Engagement if a new Registrar, Re-organising the management of CRFFN and moving them to Lagos, Establishment of Standing Committees, Successful hosting of Governing Council and Management retreat, Gazetting of Practioners Operating Fees ( POF), Engaging Consultant for effective and efficient revenue generation.

Others include Interpretation with MDA’s under Ministry of Transport such as NPA, Shippers’ Council, NIMASA,Customs etc, Meeting with Major stakeholders in the Maritime Industry in the Consultative Forum Committee of the Council, Completed accreditation with some Nigerian Universities for the training of freight Forwarders such as Lagos, Sokoto, Nsukka, and Markudi Universities, Developing and designing of Corporate Headquarters of CRFFN Abuja, Developed a road map towards repositioning of the CRFFN with global best practices and Completed an integration process with NPA platform for effective revenue drive.

Furthermore, he explained that the Council had also intervened in Port Harcourt for instance where they noticed that Shipping companies or Terminal operators activities was hindering the free flow of trade, adding that they had ordered West African Terminal Service, WATS to revert all those policies against freight forwarders, take responsibility over their inefficiency, as well as refund to the clients those money collected, as government regulations on that is clear.
“WATS in Port Harcourt was given 7days because we have issues where agents were asked for positioning of their containers and then they will give you 3 days to position the container which means the agent will have to pay to WATS and Shipping company. We directed WATS to take such responsibility for such delay because agents cannot be surcharged due to operators inefficiency”, he explained.

On what CRFFN is doing to ensure foreigners do not take over the freight forwarders job, the Council Chairman said, “CRFFN is moving on because the 7 years out of 12 years gap that the Council was without a board and Chairman before the coming on board of the present Governing Council is much and I want to assure you that within the next 3 – 4 years, they will hear what CRFFN has done”.

On the major challenge the Council is experiencing, the Chairman made it clear that it is Finance, stressing that the N5.5Million budget approved for CRFFN was for capital projects like provision of infrastructure, building of offices in the some States if the federation.

According to him, “when we start to collect POF next year, we won’t n Ed Federal Government money. 65 per cent of the money collected will go to the Federal Government wheeras 35 per cent is for internal use for training of freight forwarders and not for sharing. It’s mainly for construction etc. Our major problem is still finance uptil now. We cannot execute projects and programmes now”.

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