L-R: Mrs Aminah Baldwin, CRFFN Registrar/CEO; Barrister Samuel Nwakohu, Mr. David Kerr (Director Innovative Pay and Mr. Krishan Subramaniam (Director -Fusion Academy of Excellence at the recent retreat organised for the leadership of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria in Dubai, UAE
The Registrar of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), Barrister Samuel Nwakohu has reiterated the determination of his administration to capacity building in the freight forwarding profession.
Nwakohu made the declaration recently in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, while declaring open a two-day Training/Retreat organized for the Governing Council members and management staff of the Council. He noted that the move to prioritize capacity biding became paramount in his one-year strategic plan for the Council in order to provide a platform for interface with the key stakeholders and the consultants for Ease-of-Doing Business, since, according to him freight forwarding has become a global business. He disclosed that the journey of education and training of freight forwarding practitioners which he described as a critical element for speedy development of the sub- sector had started, adding that he would leave no stone unturned in enhancing the knowledge base of Freight Forwarders and his staffers for efficient service delivery and improved revenue generation for the country. In his lecture at the training titled: “Roles and Responsibilities of CRFFN and its legal Framework”, Barrister Mayaki of KWO Chambers stated that the significance of the Training/Retreat for the Council’s top echelons cannot be over emphasized since CRFFN is at threshold of development of freight forwarding industry in Nigeria and should therefore serve as a stimulant to the nation’s industrialization and trade agenda, stating that it was high time Nigeria redefined their interest in trade across the globe.
He enjoined the Council to come into full realization of the tenets of the establishing Act while remaining committed to her provision of platform for interface of all relevant stakeholders in order to achieve great fist in the industry. He also urged the Council to work towards the establishment of an independent Tribunal alongside independent prosecutors for exclusive jurisdiction.
In his speech during his lecture titled: “Overview of Governance in Council, Board and Top Management interface”, Mr.Chinedu Eboh of Kolo Baldwin Consulting Ltd outlined such factors as transparency, accountability, consensus, orientation and inclusive participation of all concerned, amongst others as panacea for the accomplishment of Good Corporate Governance.
He enjoined the Council to work within the stipulated ambit of the rules and laws guiding its operations in order to achieve her desired goals.
Speaking on behalf of Kolo Baldwin Consulting Ltd, Mrs Hilda Nkor in her topic “Ethics, Compliance and conflicts of interest, Board and Strategy Development” stated that in understanding the concept and dimension of good corporate governance, there must be a document that defines basic standards of business conducts indicating clear guideline on core corporate policies on ethics applicable and communicated to all levels. She said there must be ingredients of trust, tolerance, competence, integrity, honesty, commitment, fairness, respect and good citizenship, living the brand ambassadorial duties for the organization to succeed. She therefore urged participants to strive to build trust, create mutual respect and encourage effective communication and good flow of information, for the accomplishment of set objectives of the Council.
In the same vein, the Vice Chairman of the Governing Council of CRFFN, Chief Henry Njoku, in his lecture titled: “Teamwork as Instrument for CRFFN’s Sustainable Development’ revealed that for a rapid and sustainable progress to be achieved, the Council must imbibe the culture of team work, geared towards professionalism, not just as instrument but also as a mantra for performance.
He stated that the cultivation of the spirit of teamwork, by the leadership of the Council would pave way for a collective rebuilding, injection of new ideas that will reposition the freight forwarding industry and would in turn reduce unhealthy rivalry, altercation, envy and acrimony amongst staff and management of the Council.
Also, in their various reactions at the end of the programme, the leaderships of the five CRFFN-accredited associations described the events as a huge success and promised to apply the knowledge gained in the programme to their daily business activities.
In his closing remarks, the Chairman of CRFFN Governing Council, Alhaji Abubakar Tsanni expressed appreciation to the sponsors of the Retreat/Training and resource persons, and all that contributed to make the programme a reality, describing the event as outstanding and urged all to close rank in efforts to move the Council forward.