By Godwin Oritse
THE Council for the Regulation of Freight ForÂ Â warders in Nigeria (CRFFN) has commenced moves to checkmate foreigners involved in the practice of freight forwarding practice in Nigeria.
Speaking at the maiden meeting between the Council and leaders of freight forwarding Associations in Nigeria recently in Lagos, the Chairman of the Publicity Committee of the group Prince Olayiwola Shittu said that the time has come for the practice of freight forwarding to be sanitized.
Shittu noted that it is in a country like Nigeria that any body can do any thing and get away with it, adding that Council will also protect the interest of Nigeria involved in the practice of the trade.
Already, the Council has commenced moves to register allÂ freight forwarders in Nigeria, adding that any body not registered with te Council will not be allowed to practiced.
Disclosing this recently in Lagos RegistrarÂ of CRFFN, Sir Mike Jukwe, at the meeting which was attended by the executive members of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), and the EmekaÂ Obieze ledÂ National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA), the National Association of Air Freight Forwarders and Consolidators (NAFFAC) and the Institute of Freight Forwarders of Nigeria (IFFN), Jukwe disclosed that the registration will run for three months from January toÂ March 2010.
â€œI am pleased to inform you that CRFFN is ready to commence registration of freight forwarders from January to end on March 2010. The Public Notice will soon be in the print and electronic media. I urge you leaders of the prospective associations of freight forwarders to mobilize your members to take advantage of this exercise to register without failure because section 14(1) states that â€˜a registered freight forwarder shall use the abbreviation RFF after his nameâ€™ while section 14(2) emphasizes that â€˜subject to the provisions of this Act, a person shallÂ not practice or carry on business under any name, style or title containing the words â€˜freight forwarderâ€™ unless he is registered under this Actâ€™.
Section 18(1) further explains that â€˜The Council shall register annually all organizations or firms performing freight forwarding servicesâ€™ and section 18(2) directs that â€˜Notwithstanding the provisions of any other laws, no organization or firm shall practice as freight forwarders in Nigeria unless it is registered by the Council (CRFFN)â€™ â€œ, Jukwe stated.
The CRFFN boss also said that a Freight Forwarders Council will be set up later in the year to serve as a platform for inputs by the practitioners in the affairs of the regulatory body.
â€œWe consider stakeholders as the bedrock of any venture because it is their views and participation that sustains the venture. Ours can not be different for this reason therefore, we shall constitute the Freight Forwarders Consultative Committee comprising of representatives of all the stakeholders. As an advisory body, we will take their inputs on all issues seriously. I will welcome your suggestions on the composition of the committeeâ€, he state.