NAGAFF tasks FG on export driven policy
.As Aniebonam retires from association
By Silas Onuoha
The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), has said that government policy of regenerating the economy should be targeted towards creating export-driven economy and massive investment in infrastructure, in order to create more opportunities for logistics providers and freight forwarders in the maritime industry.
The National President of NAGAFF, Chief Increase Uche made this assertion while delivering a speech, at the 19th anniversary of NAGAFF and Freight Forwarders Day celebration, organied by the Association, at Rock View, Apapa, Lagos.
According to him, “Future logistics operation should be tailored towards the employment of Internet of Things (IOTs). Part of the modernisation process should include technology, integration, application of skills, data analysis, process improvement and innovation”.
He stated further, “There should be increasing emphasis on automation and e-commerce. The country must be logistically competitive in the neighbouring sub-region. The Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria, (CRFFN), should as a matter of urgency resolve the conflict in the definition of who is a declarant”.
Chief Increase explained, “Nigeria logistics industry deserves enhanced infrastructure with more supportive regulatory framework. City planning should be integrated into logistics planning, to avoid a repeat of the current situation at our ports”.
He advised, “The best time to reform the Customs Licensing Regulation is now. We must take drastic decision to ensure migration from the present approach to contemporary global best practice”.
In his remarks, the Founder of NAGAFF, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, who officially announced his exit from the Association, expressed optimum that CRFFN’s board under the supervision of Abubakar Tsanni, would add more value to freight forwarding business in Nigeria.
Dr. Aniebonam frowned at illegal charges by terminal operators in Apapa ports, calling on the regulatory agencies to address the problem as a matter of urgency.