By Godwin Oritse
The Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) has said that it would commence the registration of practitioners as fromÂ December 1, as part of its effort to sanitise freight forwarding practice in the country.
Disclosing to this in Lagos, Chairman of the Council, Iju Tony Nwabunike, said the registration exercise which would last for about six months, even as he assured that the council has lined up series of activities to be embarked upon by the body.
The Chairman said that the roadmap of the council for the remaining part of the year and next year, would commence with the engagement of a registrar, registration of freight forwarders and followed by training and enlightenment programmes.
He also said that a code of conduct had been drawn up to members to adhere to while it would work closely with the Attorney General of the Federation to make rules that would guide the disciplinary body of the Council.
According to him, â€œIn compliance with the relevant provisions of the Act, liaise with the Attorney General of the Federation to make rules as to the constitution, proceedings and rules of evidence to be observed by the Registered Freight Forwarders Disciplinary Tribunal.â€
He said that the perceived delay in the effective takeoff of the council was largely due to the painstaking and careful process of a registrar in line with provisions of the enabling Act.
The council, which was created by the CRFFN Act 2007 was inaugurated on AugustÂ 18, 2009 by Prince John Okechukwu, the then minister of state for water transport. The inauguration was preceded by a keenly contested election of the council members by the freight forwarders themselves.
Section 11(1 &2) of the Act provides for the employment of a registrar, who would be charged with the responsibility of preparing and maintaining a register of name and address of qualified freight forwarders, which is a core function of the council on which on functions rest upon.
Meanwhile, The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of CRFFN, Mr Mike Jukwe has said that the Council will establish the Nigerian Institute of Freight Forwarders (NIFF) in June 2010. Jukwe pointed out that NIFF would be accredited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) for the admission and training of individual practitioners.
He said that the Act 2007 that established CRFFN had given the 10-point mandate and the establishment of the institute forms part of the 10-point agenda set by the Registrar.
The Registrar said that the institute would regulate, control and set standards for individual practitioners, adding that those practitioners with the right qualifications would be associates, affiliates, chartered and fellows of NIFF.