By Joshua Yousouph
Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye has commissioned the Kano Zonal Office of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN). This is even as he called for the collaboration of the Nigeria Custom Service (NCS).
Speaking during the commissioning in Kano on Thursday, Adegoroye stressed that the President Buhari has resolved to groom the Nigerian economy through the various infrastructure put in place by the Federal Ministry of Transportation to encourage productivity.
While commending the efforts of other agencies, Adegoroye however advised other government agencies, especially the Nigeria Customs Service to cooperate with CRFFN towards achieving its mandate when required from time to time.
In his words: “President Muhammad Buhairi is resolved to groom the Nigerian economy by the various infrastructure put in place by the Federal Ministry of Transportation to encourage productivity. This new Zonal office built by CRFFN is another testimonial to the fact. While recognizing the efforts of other government agencies especially those under the purview of the Ministry of Transportation, I call for your cooperation with the CRFFN which may be required from time to time particularly, the Nigeria Customs Service” Adegoroye noted.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr Magdalene Ajani noted that the CRFFN has been training and certifying freight forwarders in Diploma and Higher Diploma Degree in about six Federal Universities across the country.
Ajani however encouraged all freight forwarders to seize the opportunities of CRFFN’s training and retraining programme to boost their business and professionalism According to her, this is the core mandate of CRFFN to all freight forwarders in Nigeria.
Speaking earlier in his welcome address, the Registrar of CRFFN, Barr. Sam Nwakohu noted that CRFFN remains focused in its determination to entrench professionalism, promote freight logistics efficiency, and improve Nigeria’s ranking on the Logistics Performance index.
Nwakohu informed that CRFFN have six zonal offices in all the geopolitical Zones in Nigeria. He said the Kano zonal office is strategic being in a commercial capital of North Western Nigeria, adding that it will ensure total logistics integration to achieve CRFFN’s overall objective.
The Registrar however, enjoined all practitioners to take full advantage of the Zonal office to build capacity by way of training and leveraging on national and international logistics networks and alliances.
“We are committed to the completion of other ongoing projects across the country in full preparation of Nigeria’s participation in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), especially in the cross border logistics service provision and no geo-political zone will be left behind.
“We therefore enjoin all practitioners to take full advantage of our presence here to build capacity by way of training and leveraging on our national and international logistics networks and alliances” Nwakohu stated.
On his part, while also commending the Federal Ministry of Transportation for its efforts in making the project a reality, the Chairman Board of CRFFN, Alhjai Tsani Abubkar noted that the Zonal office will make work and business easier for Freight forwarders who work at the Northern areas.
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