A total of 11 distinguished members of the shipping community were last week honoured by foremost training institution in the nation’s shipping sector; the Institute of Freight Forwarders of Nigeria (IFFN).
The 11 were conferred with fellowships of the institution at its second member’s forum and award ceremony which drew attendance from notable stakeholders.
Among the new fellows are: former director general, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mrs. Mfon Usoro, group managing director of Sifax Group, Dr Taiwo Afolabi and chief executive officer of Creseada International Limited, Alhaji Abayomi Adigun. Others include: deputy director, financial services department at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Mr Abass Adegboyega, Chief Reuben Ovai of Stars Maritime Academy, Mrs Affiong Ibanga of Advanced Motors and Logistics, Chief Uche Ohafia Uche, and an assistant comptroller of Customs, Mr Emmanuel Iwonyinmi.
Also joining the elite list of IFFN fellows are: chief Sonde Chikaobi of SDV, Deacon Simon Arowosola, Alhaji Abduazeez Mikhaila , Mr Lexzy Nwangwu.
Chairman Port Consultative Council and former president of the institute who also presided over the ceremony, Alhaji Waheed Kareem appealed that the institute should be supported by members and agencies in the sector, because, according to him, the institute needs a lot of backing.
Earlier in his welcome address, the president of the institute, Dr. Zebulon Ikokide had explained that the ceremony was put together to create a platform for better networking among members and to allow for interaction on issues and challenges facing the institute, even as he added that the event was also a forum organized to honor some deserving members whose contributions had helped towards the advancement of the ideals and vision of the institute.
Dr. Ikokide also pointed out that the institute is faced with challenges such as inadequate funding to execute projects.