The Founder of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has charged freight forwarders in the Country to adapt to changing times in business, go into business partnership in order to excel, Saying that consolidation is a part of the logistic chain.
Freight Forwarders at the freight industry have continued to express fear of losing their jobs to consolidators as they are currently not being engaged by the importers to do jobs for them.
Reacting to this development while interacting with Journalists in his office in Apapa, Lagos, Dr. Aniebonam pointed out that the problem with Nigerian Businessmen was their unwillingness to join forces together to work and strengthen their businesses.
His words: “What is wrong with that, what is wrong with consolidation? Consolidation is an aspect of Trade; consolidation is part of freight forwarding.
“Our people are poor in partnership; a number of people joining forces together to work and that has been the problem. This also points to education; when you see educated people now in freight forwarding business, they are different in the way and manner they do things.
“They should come together and go to bank to loan money and make their businesses bigger. Ninety-five per cent of forwarders we have in Nigeria are one-man forwarders and when they die, the business goes. Most freight forwarders you see, when they make wealth they go and build houses instead of expanding the scope of their business.”
Aniebonam used the opportunity to call for unity among the various freight forwarding associations in the Maritime Sector, especially NAGAFF and the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA).
He observed that most Nigerians want to see rancor among others, stating that NAGAFF is one big family.
The NAGAFF Founder who is also the National Chairman, New Nigeria Peoples’ Party(NNPP) explained that the oneness in NAGAFF was a mark of leadership which other associations lacked, adding that NAGAFF was carrying out a national revolution in Nigeria which informed the attack it faced.
He said: “Aniebonam is alive, nobody is thinking for these other associations but I’m thinking for NAGAFF. We’re a large happy family; we’re not like any other association because there’s leadership. What is happening in these other associations is lack of leadership.”
“Why should I now as the Founder of NAGAFF be struggling for N10, 000 with members instead of giving them? The problem of most of these people you see is money. As far as we’re (NAGAFF) concerned we’re carrying out a national revolution so we’re bound to be attacked.
“Something is fundamentally wrong and that is leadership. They know that NAGAFF is all about revolution; change. We’re sacrificing for that.”