Stay away from seaports if … NAGAFF warns freight forwarders
*Keeps close communication with Customs Boss, NPA, NSC
(By Udeme Clement):
The Founder, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF, Dr Boniface Aniebonam, has warmed Freight Forwarders, who do not have urgent business in the Seaports to stay a home, in line with the Executive Order of the Federal Government.
He gave this warning in a press statement made available to reporters in Lagos.
His words, “FREIGHT FORWARDERS MUST STAY AWAY FROM THE PORTS IF THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY BUSINESS AT HAND TO EXECUTE AT THE CUSTOMS PORTS WESTERN OPERATION.
“This is to advise the entire workforce of FREIGHT FORWARDING practioners operating at the western ports of NIGERIA to stay off the ports environment if they do not have a defined responsibility to carry out within the Customs ports at the moment”.
Dr Aniebonam explained, “This has become necessary for your safety and protection. Also in compliance with the Presidential directives, in order to curb spread of coronavirus in the country.”
He stressed, “Meanwhile keep safe and follow all instructions. Get in touch with members of the Executive COUNCIL of NAGAFF, should you have any operational issue. We have just been told that some banks are not taking responsibility to deal with issues relating to Form-M registration. This information has been passed on to the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers’ Council, NSC, and Registrar of CRFFN, to investigate.
“We also have it on good authority from the Executive Secretary of NSC that coaster buses are being deployed at strategic locations in LAGOS to help young FREIGHT FORWARDERS, to easy transportation to the ports.”
He enthused, “We appreciate NIGERIA shippers’ COUNCIL in this regard. We do hope that NPA and CRFFN will equally add value, to enhance transportation related matters, which indeed shall make ports operation seamless, while observing distancing instructions.”
His assertion, “Take note that top officers of NAGAFF are at the Headquarters, if you desire their attention in time of difficulties. Indeed, we are in close contact with the Comptroller-General of Customs and other top management officers of the Service, including Area Commands, should you notice absence of anyone. That equally goes to other government agencies assigned to the ports like NPF, SON , NAFDAC AND NDLEA ETC . We can make this process peaceful and orderly to appreciate the magnanimity of Mr PRESIDENT in this trying time.
“It is all about sacrifices for our nation, lives of Nigerians and others living in our country.”