About one hundred and Sixty-Two students of the NAGAFF Academy matriculated Friday 29th July 2020 being the third Matriculation ceremony since the Inception of the school.
The Academy is the training and Education organ of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), the biggest freight forwarding Association in the maritime industry and the pace-setter of first citedal of freight forwarding education in Nigeria.
Speaking at the occasion, the Founder of NAGAFF and the Visitor of the Academy, Dr. Fwdr. Boniface Aniebonam who urged the Matriculating Students to be dedicated, steadfast and focus in their academic pursuit , pointed out that after their course, they will be certified and duly registered with Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN).
Dr. Aniebonam noted that with their registration, they can do their freight forwarding business in any part of the world, while those according to him, who do not have requisite qualification in the near future , will not be permitted to enter into the Nigerian ports to do business there.
Dr. B. Aniebonam (middle)
He further advised that students of the Academy should be given opportunity to take responsibility adding that the Academy Board of Studies is working hard to get Certificate equivalent to University degree certificate, while donating the sum of N1m (One Million Naira) to the Institute..
Fwdr. Simeon Nwonu
In his remarks, the Academy Board Chair, Fwdr. Simeon Nwonu noted that the extent of the success of their freight forwarding business
depends on knowledge acquired
“NAGAFF is conscious of ensuring that what we say is what we do. Until you begin to have the zeal to acquire technical knowledge in that field you have chosen, which is freight forwarding, you may not go far,” he stated.
Fwdr. Nwonu however commended the Founder of NAGAFF, Dr, Boniface Aniebonam for his Doggedness in ensuring that the professionalism of freight forwarding is sustained.
Dr.C. Agu representative of ES/CEO NSC.
Delivering a lecture titled: Freight Forwarding as a Career’Benefits to the nation’ at the event, the Executive Secretary/CEO Nigerian Shippers’Council (NSC) Mr. Emmanuel Jime said the role of freight forwarder in the global sustenance of economy cannot be over-emphasised hence as a career, they organise a safe, efficient and cost effective transportation of goods from one location to another,which is usually across frontier.
Mr Jime who was represented by the Director of Consumer Affairs department, NSC, Dr. Cajetan Agu said freight forwarders not only act as middle men and agent on behalf of the Shipper(importers, Exporters and manufacturing Companies) , but they also play advisory role on shipment , render Independent services, warehousing, clearance of goods through Customs and others.
“We should bear in mind that freight forwarders usually work out the best root, the best method for moving consignments from point of origin to point of destination”, he added.
Fwdr. Francis Omotosho
Earlier In his address of welcome , the Registrar of the Academy, Fwdr. Francis Omotosho remarked that the vision of the school is not only to be the pace-setter and leading citadel of freight forwarding education in Nigeria but to also produce world class qualified professional freight forwarders with adequate knowledge and skills for the smooth flow of international traded goods across the world.
Fwdr Omotosho therefore urged the new students to study seriously, abide by all rules and regulations of the institution, participate in all activities of the academy and exhibit high sense of discipline, warning that the Academy will not award its diploma/certificate to students who are found wanting in learning or Character.
Chief Chidiebere Enelamah
Highpoint of the ceremony was the Acceptance/Admission of Matriculating Students into NAGAFF Academy by the representative of the Founder of NAGAFF, the BOT chairman of NAGAFF, Chief Chidiebere Enelamah,
administering of Matriculation Oath by the Registrar, and inauguration of Electected Students Union Executives of the Academy among others.
Photo: Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, Founder of NAGAFF Addressing the students.