President, Council for Regulation of Freight Forwarders of Nigeria (CRFFN), Alhaji Sani Abubakar called on its members and importers to evacuate their goods by rail while the repair of the Apapa port access road by AG Dangote continue.
Speaking in Lagos during a courtesy visit to the Secretariat of Maritime Reporters of Nigeria (MARAN), he said “I doubt if this congestion at the Apapa port will subside without deliberate effort by government to create the enabling environment that would encourage freight forwarders/importers to evacuate their consignments from the Apapa port by rail and water as alternative to road”.
The president disclosed that the purpose of visiting critical stakeholders in the maritime industry like Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigerian Shippers Council to mention but a few was aimed at rubbing minds with them with a view to fashioning out policies that would support growth of the maritime industry.
Abubakar posited that the newly inaugurated Board of the Council would partner with every stakeholder and ensure that more jobs are created. He also promised to review the Act establishing the Council and ensure that laws that does not encourage indigenous participation in the Freight Forwarding are expunged.
In his remarks, president of MARAN, Mr. Anya Njoku, called for review of the Act establishing the Council especially section that allows foreigners to enter our country and clear imported goods whereas the indigenous practitioners remain idle adding that in countries like Ghana, Togo and Republic of Benin foreigners are not allowed to perform the functions Clearing Agents.
President, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarder (NAGAFF) Mr. Increase Uche who is also a board member of the Council, restated that apart from reviewing the law to exclude foreigners from practising freight forwarding in the country as obtains in other parts of the world, the Council hopes to amend the present law which allows only Corporate bodies to practise freight forwarding so as to allow individuals to be licensed practitioners.