A former president of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF); Dr Eugene Nweke, has congratulated members of the recently inaugurated governing council of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarders(CRFFN), even as he charged them to do more in the area of closing the gap that exists in the sector.
In a statement signed by Nweke, in Lagos on Wednesday, a copy of which was sighted by Shipping Position Daily he also congratulated Col.Abubakar Tsanni (rtd) as the 3rd Governing Council Chairman of CRFFN.
Nweke also congratulated the Vice Chairman, Chief Henry Njoku, saying their emergence was not received with any iota of rood shocks, because earlier indicators point towards that.
He also charged the Chairman, Vice Chairman and other board members to ensure they deliver and repositioning the Council to enviable height professionalism sanctity.
“The time to bridge the widening professional gap is now. As a freight forwarding nation, six years down the line, we are daily losing out in the comity of global freight forwarding practices/ expertise”,he lamented.
Nweke also blamed the first and second governing council member of CRFFN, saying that they never did much.
“As an activist and a leader in the freight forwarding profession, I contemplated withdrawing or suspending my membership with the Council for the Regulations of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria, CRFFN, as a mark of protest, but later declined based on the following reasons. If the over 16 notable professional colleagues, so elected by the forwarders and another appointed into the Governing Council, never protested nor staged a walk out protest against the perceived imposed chairman, but in their sense of judgement, unanimously ( as was reported on the radio network), accepted on behalf of the led Freight Forwarders, the chairman with over whelming celebrations, why then should I suspend myself from the Council – CRFFN. It will be deceitful and a defeat of leadership ideals, as such I join to trust their leadership ideology and sense of judgement", he noted.
"Accepting as a leader, that, there comes in a process of time, a leader must be led or subjected to other form of leadership, most times not at the purview of our leadership choices and affiliations. Hence, a good leader is one who opens himself and embrace leadership delivery from other leaders, he added.
According to him, “understanding that, it is glaring that the first and second Governing Council never did much, with respect to making further standing regulations guiding the qualifications or eligibilities or merits to serve in the Governing Council".
Nweke blamed freight forwarders for not protecting their profession the way other professionals protect theirs, even as he added that what happened in the board serves as an eye opener to the leaders.
"We never protected our noble profession like other professionals do. Not until we do so, many Nigerians from other professionals endeavours will overnight retire or switch over their profession and fuse into freight forwarding profession and within two months of registration, maybe appointed to head two standing committee of the CRFFN. This serves as an eye opener, to the leaders", he cautioned.
He also accused the new chairman of the board of taking advantage of all the loopholes in the sector.
"Col.Abubakar Tsanni (Rtd) as a Nigerian being protected by the constitution of the Federal Republic saw this loophole and rejigged his political aspirations which he is entitled to. Had he met a properly guided profession on ground, as a retired disciplined military officer, he would have respected himself and the professional laws as it were”, he stated.