LAGOS: The Federal government of Nigeria, has called for the full implementation of the law governing Freight Forwarding in Nigeria.
This is just as the government expressed worry over the continuous loss of businesses to neighbouring countries as a result of non-regulation and unprofessional conduct of operators.
The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi who made this known while declaring open the first Sensitization Workshop on Freight Forwarding as a Career, organized by the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding of Nigeria (CRFFN), noted that the law must be implemented as no one should operate except through the law.
He further stated that the Ministry will henceforth direct the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) not to deal with any Freight Forwarder that is not duly registered with CRFFN.
Meanwhile, the Minister also took to his Twitter handle @ChibuikeAmaechi, to stress on the importance of professionalism and training in Freight Forwarding
“Today in Lagos, I harped on the importance of training and professionalism in freight forwarding, when I declared open a 2-day Sensitization Workshop on Freight Forwarding as a Career.
“Only those who obey the law guiding freight forwarding will be allowed to operate,” he ended.
In separate goodwill messages, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine Transportation, Sen. Danjuma Goje and the Chairman, House Committee on Ports and Harbour, Hon. Garba Datti Mohammed, pledged to provide CRFFN with all the support it needs to succeed, adding that operations at the ports must be efficient to boost the economy.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Registrar, Barr. Sam Nwokhu, described career in Freight Forwarding and Supply Chain Management as holding “the promise of driving Nigeria’s competitiveness through job creation, promotion of entrepreneurship, capacity building, and enhancing Ease of Doing Business”.
The Registrar, Informed that CRFFN has secured accreditation of International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA) to run Diploma in Freight Forwarding and Supply Chain Management and Higher Diploma in Supply Chain Management in 2012; and 2013 respectively.
These courses are currently running in Benue State University, Redeemer’s University and Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology, Zaria, noting however, that October 29, 2019 remains its official unveiling by the Minister.