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Expert hinges success of vision 2020 on provision of logistic infrastructure

Godfrey Bivbere
Managing Director, Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCL), Mr. Isaac Orolugbagbe, has said that government must provide the necessary logistic infrastructure that would enable the nation export its natural and agricultural products, if the  goals of vision 20:20 must be acheived.

Orolugbagbe said this  in a speech he presented as guest speaker at the celebration of formal exit of Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, founder of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) in Lagos recently.

The SAHCL boss who stressed the need for government to begin to place less emphasis on the petroleum sector, added that for freight forwarding to contribute to the vision 20:2020, the government must provide logistics infrastructure to move goods and services.

He challenged members of NAGAFF to continue learning more about tariff while stressing the need for the association to liaise with other freight forwarding associations around the world.

Speaking earlier, the retired Assistant Comptroller General Nathaniel Iheanacho, chairman of the occasion, challenged NAGAFF members to work hard to keep the legacy of the founder, Aniebonam going.

In his own contribution, Mr. Eugene Nweke, President of NAGAFF, promised that those left behind to handle the affairs of the Association by the founding member would not disappoint him. He pointed out that they would ensure that the legacy of Aniebonam is kept alive.

He noted that problems like delay in cargo clearance, non compliance with best international practice, high port charges by terminal operators, failure of terminal operators to provide equipment etc, that necessitated the birth of the association were still there.

The NAGAFF President who maintained that the Association would not relent in its advocacy initiative to continue the fight against all these problems, also commended the dexterity of the founder, whom he said spent over N750 million in keeping the association afloat.

In his valedictory speech, Dr. Aniebonam, who traced the history of the association, said he was pulling out of the association activities to give room for the younger freight forwarders to control and infuse fresh ideas to the operation of the association.

“I am pulling out of the association today to give room for the young freight forwarders to take control and infuse ideas into the running of the association. I feel I have fulfilled my vision. I now want to remain as an elder statesman of the industry and face political matters where one can still continue to contribute in protecting and projecting the cause of freight forwarding politically”, Aniebonam said.


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