The African Association of Professional Freight Forwarders and Logistics in Nigeria (APFFLON) has kicked against the sharing formula of 6-6-1-1-1 agreed by the five registered freight forwarders associations in the forthcoming Governing Council election of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN).
The five registered associations under the aegis of All Freight Forwarders Forum (AFF) had at a meeting in Lagos on Monday agreed to have a sharing formula that would see the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) get 6 slots, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) 6 slots, National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA) 1, Association of Registered Freight Forwarders of Nigeria (AREFFN) 1 and the National Association of Freight Forwarders and Airfreight Consolidators (NAFFAC) 1.
But in a statement on Tuesday, President of APFFLON, Frank Ogunojemite, described the move by the five associations as a gang up against the Transport Ministry’s directive to open up the Governing Board elections to individuals.
According to him, the decision by the associations is unconstitutional and against the CRFFN Act to go on a 6-6-1-1-1 sharing formula.
He said if the position of the associations is allowed to hold, it could be the beginning of anarchy in freight forwarding practice in the country.
Ogunojemite argued that the freight forwarders who attended the meeting on Monday don’t represent the entirety of freight forwarding practitioners in the country, adding that several key members and executives of the five associations also stayed away from the meeting.
He said, “Are they saying people registered as individual members of CRFFN or on the basis of companies should vote or be voted for? The outcome of that meeting yesterday is obviously a hang-up against the initial Ministerial directive to have the positions open to everyone registered with CRFFN either as an individual, a company or an association.”
“The Transport Minister, Department of State Security (DSS), Assistant Inspector-General of Police in-charge of maritime and all maritime stakeholders should be informed of this strategic ploy to hijack CRFFN. These associations have formed a cartel and their agenda isn’t in the interest of the sector as they claim. This would definitely usher in an era of lawlessness in the sector.”