By Ajibola Abayomi,
National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) and Association of Nigerian Customs Licenced Agents (ANLCA) have resolved their age long differences in the Maritime sector.
The two major associations in the freight forwarding business have agreed to henceforth tackle the excesses of operators as well as that of government agencies.
The associations said the new found synergy would help to address lapses on the part of the terminal operators, shipping companies and government agencies at the seaport, borders posts and other entry points.
In his speech, the Association of Nigerian Customs Licences Agents (ANLCA), Prince Olayiwola Shittu said that the collaboration between both associations recently against the government’s inability to fix bad roads at the ports would not have been successful if they had went their separate ways.
He regretted the the government had capitalised on the past differences between the groups to take advantage of the freight forwarders at the port.
It would be recalled that the crisis between the leadership of ANLCA and NAGGAF would have been resolved in 2010 but external forces prevented that.
Shittu noted the inability of the two associations to close ranks led to the federal government hijacking of the Council For Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) thereby turning it to a revenue generating agency.
He however enjoined members of the associations to avoid what could lead to resurgence of past crisis.
Commenting, the Acting President of NAGAFF, Increase Uche enumerated the benefits of the reunion between the associations even as he said the new initiative would ward off intruders.
He said that the coming together of the two leading freight forwarding groups would help to promote professionaism, create job opportunities for young freight forwarders
Increase added that the new dawn would afford recognition of the groups by the government, service providers, guarantee security, Job protection and empowerment, among other factors.
He called for cooperation among members of the associations.