The elected members being sworn in at the occassion.
Story by Dili Utomi.
The main auditorium of the Rockview Hotel, Apapa was the venue of the inauguration of the newly elected executive members of five different chapters of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) on Wednesday.
The occassion drew a lot of freight forwarders, licensed Customs Agents, government officials and stakeholders who thronged the venue to witness the occasion. There was an initial delay in the take off of the programme, but once it started, the event rolled on rather smoothly.
The opening address was read by the president of the association, Chief Tochukwu Ezisi who told members that as part of their responsibilities, they have “To continue to register and pay their annual subscription to the Council for the Registration of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN)”. He informed the house that the CRFFN is “An offspring and suckling of NAGAFF and we shall continue to feed her with our members”.
The NAGAFF president, Chief Tochukwu Ezisi addressing the people at the event.
After the President’s speech, he gave the order for the main activity of the day to proceed. The oath of office was then promptly administered to the newly elected members in batches of 2 and then 3 chapters by the national legal advisor to NAGAFF, Mr. Fred Akhokhia as the executive members were sworn into office. First to be sworn in were the elected members of the Apapa and the Tin Can chapters of the association with Eze Uchendu as chairman, Obinalu Emeka as vice chairman, Hilda Oyanna as secretary, Chigozie Arinze Okpala as assistant secretary, Chukwuemeka Ikeobi as financial secretary, Desmond Ugwu as treasurer, Adebayo Egunjobi as the Customs Freight Forwarders Relationship Officer, Francis Onwuchekwa as the public relations officer, Nelly Ijeoma as the welfare officer, Mustapha Musa Usman as the presidential liaison officer, Omotayo Samuel as the ethics and compliance officer, Afam Ifeanyi as the inspectorate and discipline officer of the Apapa chapter.
Some members being sworn in.
The new executive members of the Tin Can chapter of the association comprises Emeka Chiedozie as chairman, Ifeanyi Emoh as the vice chairman, Amadi Patrick as secretary, Nonso Igboanugo as assistant secretary, Joy Anaedu as financial secretary, Chamberlain Oguezi as treasurer, Mustapha Isa Aboki as the public relations officer, Deborah Ihedi as the welfare officer, Ejike Madu as the ethics, compliance and disciplinary officer, Emeka Nwankwo as the Customs Freight Forwarding Relations Officer, Peter Nwagbara as the inspectorate and intelligence officer and Ishmael Amobi Chukwunyere as the presidential liaison officer.
The PTML chapter of the association has the following persons sworn into office Alor Thomas Chairman, Kamba Ibrahim Vice Chairman, Nweke Ejike Michael Secretary, Nweke Monday Assistant Secretary, Nwokeforo Obinna public relations officer, Abuchi Nworgu treasurer, Mercy Akhibi welfare, Nwosu Kenneth Financial Secretary, Igwe Kingsley Customs and Freight Forwarders Relationship Officer, Ezeofor Chukwuma Ethics and compliance officer, Okonmah Peter Gbemudu Inspectorate and discipline officer, Oraka Henry presidential liaison officer.
A section of the people in attendance.
The Murtala Mohammed Airport Customs Command of the association has Udo Onyeka as chairman, Sulaimon Fatai Ayomide as vice chairman, Roth Innocent as secretary, Victor Okonjo as assistant secretary, Babalola Adewale as financial secretary, Godfrey Ebem as treasurer, Godwin Igboanugo as public relations officer, Agnes Anuhi as welfare, Moruf Ogunbowale as CFFRO, Iyenlanye Cobina as inspectorate/intelligence officer, Obioma Moses as ethics, compliance and discipline officer and Florence Udugwu as the presidential liaison officer.
The KLT chapter has Azubuike Umeadi as chairman, Jerry Nwokedi as vice chairman, Nnam Benjamin as secretary, Chinedu Igbede as assistant secretary, Olivia Echebiri as financial secretary, Lawrence Chibueze as treasurer, Ifeanyi Nwanaekezie as public relations officer, Ifeoma Dave as welfare officer, Nnenna Onwusoro as CFFRO, Tony Akpan as inspectorate/intelligence officer, Nonso Okoye as ethics, compliance and discipline officer and Daniel Mbachu as the presidential liaison officer.
There were various goodwill messages, the Customs Area Controller of the Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, Deputy Comptroller Malanta Yusuf through his representative said that NAGAFF members have always cooperated with them in carrying out their duties as he congratulates them on the occassion. Kayode Shoyode of the MMIA Command of the Nigerian Police Force in his message advised that the executive members need to run an all inclusive government in order to succeed, he noted that they have not been having issues with NAGAFF as he hopes that the cordial relationship continues. Sunday Azubuike of the Airport Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency advises that all importers and exporters should try very much to know their clients so that they do not get into trouble.
The founder of NAGAFF, Dr. Boniface Okechukwu Aniebonam advised the executive members to take advantage of the goodwill reposed in them by all stakeholders. He chided them that as the image makers between the association and the agencies of government that they should do the right thing always. Dr. Aniebonam noted that the problem of the country is mainly that of leadership and that they must start giving the true leadership examples to the people, he therefore admonished each and everyone of the newly elected and sworn in members to obey the laws of Nigeria as well as the constitution of the association.
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