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Freight forwarders council seeks port Police support to arrest illegal agents
By Benson Akomo
June 8, 2012 16:35:50pm GMT | Views: 66
Nigerian Police

WorldStage Newsonline-- The Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) is set to commence full enforcement of the CRFFN Act 2007, while any person practicing the trade without registration would be arrested.

Top officials of CRFFN led by its Chairman, Forwarder Hakeem Olanrewaju, recently met the Commissioner of the Port Authority Police Command (PAPC), Mr. Kola Shodipo in his office at the NPA House, Marina, Lagos to perfect the plan.

The council’s Registrar, Mike Jukwe, in his address at the meeting solicited the cooperation and support of the port Police in ensuring that erring clearing agents and freight forwarders practicing illegally were apprehended and prosecuted at the Freight Forwarders Tribunal.

Jukwe informed the Police Commissioner that President Goodluck Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda aimed at increasing efficiencies, improving transparencies and adding value to the economy of the nation had been extended to the freight forwarding sub-sector through the activities of the CRFFN.

“The Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria Act No. 16 2007 was enacted into law on the 30th of April, 2007. The Council is charged with, amongst other responsibilities, regulating and controlling the practice of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria, and promoting the highest standards of competence, practice and conduct among members of the profession. The vision of the Council is to become Nigeria's leading transport player committed to the development of a modern globally competitive freight forwarding system in Nigeria. The council is dedicated to achieving sustainable economic development in Nigeria through responsible transport initiatives in freight forwarding development and management”, Jukwe told the Police boss even as he requested that some officers should be drafted to help the Council in weeding out touts and illegal practitioners from the ports.

Shodipo, who received a copy of the CRFFN Act, CRFFN Regulation and Register of Freight Forwarders from the CRFFN Governing Council Chairman, Forwarder Hakeem Olanrewaju, promised to study the documents and fashion out an effective collaboration strategy with CRFFN.

He declared: “I will take my time to study the Act and other documents that you have given to me. I assure you that we will enforce the law. If the law bars anyone who has not registered with CRFFN from practicing, then we have to work with you to enforce it.”

National President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Olayiwola Shittu; Founder of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Boniface Aniebonam; Governing Council member of CRFFN, Moshood Tijani; Deputy Registrar of CRFFN, Basil Opara; and National Secretary of ANLCA, Emma Oparah Ogu, were part of the CRFFN delegation that visited the Police Commissioner.

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