L-R: Dr Abimbola Odumosu, former Acting Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology handing over to the new substantive Director-General, Dr Bayero Salih-Farah last week in Zaria
Chairman, Governing Council of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria, CRFFN, Col. Abubakar Tsani, (Retd) has said that about 75 percent of freight forwarders currently practicing in Nigeria are untrained.
Speaking to Shipping Position Daily on the sideline of the just concluded corporate dinner and merit awards hosted by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Tsani said that training of freight forwarders is key to the development of the profession.
Tsani said, however, that the collection of the Practitioner Operating Fee (POF) will help in the training of freight forwarders that will further benefit them in the long run.
He disclosed that the Institute of Freight Forwarders in Abuja has been put on notice for the expected training schedule adding that with the leadership of the Council, it has been co-opted into the Board of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA).
He said: “When you look at the level of freight forwarders we have now, you will see that 75% of them are not trained, but with this collection of POF, we are going to do a lot of training of freight forwarders.
“So for me, it is for the best interest of the freight forwarders. Presently, we have the Institute of Freight Forwarders in Abuja under the Council.
“Our training will be of international standard.’