By Chris OCHAYI & Caleb AYANSINA
THE Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria, CRFFN, has threatened its three aggrieved members who leveled allegation of misappropriation of fund against the leadership of the council with expulsion, if they failed to rescind their decision.
The embattled members are: the Council’s Vice Chairman, Dr Sama Onyemelukwe, Chief Peter Obih and Mr Teddy Ifezue who were suspended in September this year for violating chapter 2, section 19 (1 and 2), which spells out actions that are deemed as misconduct under the Act.
This was the resolution of the 14th National Executive Council Meeting of CRFFN held recently in Abuja. The council also set up a committee to monitor and see that the resolutions of the meeting are followed to the letter by the affected members.
Speaking on behalf of the council, Mr. Eugene Nweke, representing South-East Zone, noted that the council will not hesitate to expel the erring members, if they failed to comply with the conditions.
“They leveled allegation of misappropriation of funds against the council before the international body. Since they have made this allegation, the council gives them conditional pardon; it is conditional because they are to retract all the litigation against the Minister of Transport, the CRFFN and its officials.
“They are also ordered to retract all correspondences that they had earlier entered into with the International Federation of Freight Forwarders, FIATA. The council will consider expulsion, if the conditions are not followed”. Nweke said.
He said the council has decided to hold dialogue with the Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar, to chart a new course for the council in line with the transformation agenda of the present administration.
It would be recalled that, the trio alleged that the council did collect N90million for the registration exercise. But, the CFRFFN Chairman, Alhaji Hakeem Olanrewaju, said, “It is false to say that we realized N90Million, when we only registered about 3,800 individuals and about 891 corporate members. Each individual paid N5, 000, while the corporate members paid N15, 000; how on earth can this amount to N90million?”
They also claimed that NIMASA gave the council N100million, but Olarenwaju maintained that it was N50million and the purpose was spelt out clearly; it was for capacity development.