The immediate past chairman, governing council of the Council for Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN); Alhaji Hakeem Olanrewaju, has lampooned the Council for what he called clandestinely disqualifying some aspirants from the elections into the governing council of the CRFFN.
Olanrewaju argued that the decision to disenfranchise four registered freight forwarders was like a script prepared by leaders of the five registered freight forwarding associations who had earlier met and shared the 15 CRFFN seats among themselves.
He equally lampooned the four freight forwarding associations which met and agreed that the 15 council seats in governing council of the CRFFN should be shared among the five registered associations.
The ex-CRFF chair in a statement last week argued that sharing CRFFN governing council seats among the five associations would disenfranchise freight forwarders who were not members of these associations.
Four associations, namely: National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Association of Registered Freight Forwarders Nigeria (AREFFN), the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA), National Association of Air Freight Forwarders and Consolidators (NAFFAC) met recently and allotted the 15 slots to themselves.
Even though it was not at the meeting, the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) had also endorsed the sharing. But, Olanrewaju said sharing CRFFN seats was deceitful, alleging that those currently championing the course were opposed to the success of the council in the recent past.
“This development sounds interesting and indeed deceitful, especially coming from most of the critical elements who pride themselves as industry gladiators, and who swore that, for as long as they are not elected or appointed into the council, the council should be crushed and shall never be allowed to succeed.
“These elements resorted to all manners of blackmails, insinuations, incitements, propaganda, campaign of calumny, organised protests against the regulatory policies, and various court actions, etc against the council,” he alleged. He queried the rationale behind the attempt to jeopardise the CRFFN election guidelines, which the proposal would have amounted to.
According to him, even if the proposed sharing formula was to be accepted, “the simplest thing to do which would have saved money and time of the council is to write each registered freight forwarding association to pay an agreed amount for electoral expenses, then hold an internal elections among their contesting members at their respective secretariats based on the so-called ‘sharing formula.
“In this case, it would have been most appropriate for the management team of the Council to supervise each election, according to its slated timetable or allotted dates and at the end, swear in those elected by the respective associations into the council. This would have saved all concerned the revenue and the stress of traveling to Abuja for the election, this will also be more peaceful,” he argued.
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