ByÂ Godwin Oritse
THE National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLA) and the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) are currently at each otherâ€™s throat over the leadership of the later.
Speaking to newsmen on the move by some disgruntled elements to create crisis in the maritime industry, the President of the Council Mr Lucky Amiwero said that the group of these trouble makers have been identified and the necessary security agencies have also been notified.
Amiwero also said that the Councilâ€™s legal officers have been notified to take action against anybody that wants to use its intellectual materials with out permission.
While the Councilâ€™s boss says that although the groupÂ is not against anybody floating any association, but warned against the use of its corporate logo and name.
Right now, there are two groups bearing the same name, using the same logo, but has two different addresses.While first National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents is headed by Mr Lucky Amiwero, and has its address on the second floor of the Libra building of Eliganza plaza in Apapa, the second and most recent Forum of National Council of Managing Director of Licensed Customs Agents is headed by an interim president Prince Obieze and has its officeÂ currently situated on Creek road in Apapa.
Speaking with Vanguard on the newly constituted Executive of the new group, Dr Boniface Aniebonam said that a new executive has replaced that of Amiwero, adding that nobody has the monopoly of leadership.
Aniebonam explained that he is a founding member of the group Amiwero is claiming to lead, adding the name and logo he claims to own does not belong to him personally, but to a group of people who are members of the Association.
On his reaction of Amiweroâ€™s proposed legal action, the founder of NAGAFF said â€œany body can go court, and the name and logo in question belongs to the Association not Luckyâ€.
It would be recalled that a notice of an emergency meeting and dated July 27th 2009 was called last to dissolve the Lucky led Council and a new executive was elected.
Part of the notice reads â€œ This is to inform all members of the National Council of Managing Directors that there will be an emergency general meetingâ€
Some of the agendas slated to be discussed at the meeting includes rendering of accounts and assets, dissolution and election of new executives
Meanwhile, the Chairman for the regulation Freight Forwarders in Nigeria Mr Tony Nwabunike has sent a congratulatoryÂ message to the newly constituted interim executive team.
The Chairman said that the change in the leadership of the Council of Managing Directors was democratic and urged the new leadership to ensure that elections are conducted within the next three months so as to void the mistake by the past leadership.
However, theÂ CRFFN is empowered to determine the persons or classes of persons who constitute freight forwarders for the purposes of this Act just as it also has the power to regulate and control all associations of freight forwarding agents.