The president of APFFLON, Otunba Frank Ogunojemite (Middle) flanked by his legal team at the press briefing.
Story by Dili Utomi.
The African Association of Professional Freight Forwarders and Logistics of Nigeria (APFFLON) has written a letter of commendation to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and the entire leadership of the Ministry for their commitment to organise the upcoming Governing Council elections into the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN).
A letter signed by the president of the association reads in part “We applaud this timely decision to have this election which addresses the lacuna that was created at CRFFN since the expiration of the last Governing Council in November, 2020”.
Some APFFLON members at the press briefing.
The letter stated that the Minister’s decision to have the process open to individual members of CRFFN is also a commendable one as it gives more qualified people opportunities, curbs the practice of god fatherism and the high level of gimmickery of some freight forwarding groups.
A Cross section of members at the press briefing.
APFFLON also says that “As part of efforts to collaborate with the Transport Ministry in a bid to attain hitch-free elections organized in a credible manner”, that she will work in partnership with other freight forwarding associations and she has constituted an Election Taskforce to “curb possible malpractices”.
The APFFLON president presenting the certificate to thw PTML chapter chairman.
The statement released at the press conference room of the association on Thursday also said that “This group of like-minded people across the various associations have formed this taskforce which is a demonstration of the togetherness among freight forwarding practioners with the singular goal of having a credible Governing Council election that would lead to a stable and more productive CRFFN”.
The APFFLON president presenting the certificate to the PTML chapter secretary.
APFFLON promises as an advocate association on the of ease of doing business, that they will project the best interest of the Transport Ministry which is the organisation of a credible electoral process. This the association said is because they will be exposing any effort to hijack or disorganize the polls.
Despite the claims that having the impending election in Abuja poses logistics constraints, APFFLON fully endorses the Abuja venue because she says that this would limit the influx of riffraffs and touts that could have been easily mobilized to cause chaos in Lagos. They also allege that touts and motorcycle riders are being registered to vote in the election, but that through the efforts of the task force, this trend would be checkmated.
APFFLON also suggests that subsequent elections be electronic in line with automation which is the global best standard for such development. They said that utilizing online strategies for the polls would also reduce human interface amid the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic and display the level of innovation that CRFFN and the Transport Ministry deserves.
A group photograph of members after the press briefing.
Meanwhile the association used the opportunity to inaugurate the Port Terminal Multi-Services Limited (PTML) chapter of the association which missed out on the inauguration of the other chapters which took place a few months ago at the same venue. The chapter which will be led by Mr. Jude Ige as the chairman was sworn in by the vice president and the head of the legal team. The jam packed venue which had the national executive members and some other members from some other chapters saw the PTML chapter members take their oath of office.
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