The Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) is set to commence full enforcement of the CRFFN Act 2007.
Towards this end, the Council will any moment from now send its monitoring team to the ports and arrest and prosecute any person practising freight forwarding but that is not registered by it.
Indications to this effect came to the fore yesterday when top officials of CRFFN led by its Chairman, Forwarder Hakeem Olanrewaju, met with the Commissioner of the Porst Authority Police Command (PAPC), Mr. Kola Shodipo.
CRFFN Registrar, Forwarder Mike Jukwe, in his address at the meeting solicited the cooperation and support of the port police in ensuring that erring clearing agents and freight forwarders practising illegally are apprehended and prosecuted at the Freight Forwarders Tribunal.
Jukwe informed the Police Commissioner that President Goodluck Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda aimed at increasing efficiencies, improving transparencies and adding value to the economy of the nation has been extended to the freight forwarding sub-sector through the activities of the CRFFN.
“The Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria Act No. 16 2007 was enacted into law on the 30th of April, 2007. The Council is charged with, amongst other responsibilities, regulating and controlling the practice of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria, and promoting the highest standards of competence, practice and conduct among members of the profession. The vision of the Council is to become Nigeria's leading transport player committed to the development of a modern globally competitive freight forwarding system in Nigeria. The council is dedicated to achieving sustainable economic development in Nigeria through responsible transport initiatives in freight forwarding development and management”, Jukwe told the police boss even as he requested that some police officers be drafted to help the Council in weeding out touts and illegal practitioners from the ports.
The PAPC Commissioner, Kola Shodipo, who received a copy of the CRFFN Act, CRFFN Regulation and Register of Freight Forwarders from the CRFFN Governing Council Chairman, Forwarder Hakeem Olanrewaju, promised to study the documents and fashion out an effective collaboration strategy with CRFFN.
“I will take my time to study the Act and other documents that you have given to me. I assure you that we will enforce the law. If the law bars anyone who has not registered with CRFFN from practising, then we have to work with you to enforce it,” Jukwe said.
National President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Forwarder Olayiwola Shittu; Founder of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Forwarder Boniface Aniebonam; Governing Council member of CRFFN, Forwarder Moshood Tijani; Deputy Registrar of CRFFN, Forwarder Basil Opara; and National Secretary of ANLCA, Forwarder Emma Oparah Ogu, were all part of the CRFFN delegation that visited the Police Commissioner in his office at the NPA House, Marina, Lagos.
Updated: 7th June, 2012