ANLCA, NAGAFF forms formidable alliance to tackle impediments in freight forwarding industry
* NAGAFF, ANLCA must work together to rejuvenate the industry- Says Nwabunike
* The synergy has come to stay – Simeon Nwonu
By Udeme Clement :
The freight forwarding sub-sector of the nation’s economy is poised for greater growth, as the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), and National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), have formed a formidable alliance to work as a team in tackling impediments in the system.
The synergy between both powerful groups was officially sealed yesterday in Lagos, during a working visit of ANLCA National President, Mr Tony Iju Nwabunike to NAGAFF headquarters.
The visit, which was the best of its kind brought together top officials of ANLCA and NAGAFF to a round table deliberation on factors militating against freight forwarding business in the port industry.
In his welcome address, the President of NAGAFF, Chief Increase Uche, expressed great pleasure about the visit, describing it as timely and well thoughtout strategy to move the industry forward.
He said, “What you are seeing here is a unique collaboration to enhance efficiency in our operations and seek ways of making the ports user-friendly.”.
In his remarks, Mr Nwabunike described the Founder of NAGAFF, Dr Boniface Aniebonam as a visionary leader, even as he stressed that NAGAFF has come to stay.
Speaking further, he pointed out, “This is a friendly visit. Every member of NAGAFF is a high-class freight forwarder in the industry. There is urgent need for NAGAFF and ANLCA to work together”.
Nwabunike went on, “Our industry is faced with tremendous operational problems. Our members are going through pains to get their containers out of the ports.
“We must put our minds together to make the system work, in order to rejuvenate freight forwarding business for greater economic prosperity. NAGAFF and ANLCA are ready to work as one body.
“We have identified areas of policy formulation, implementation and total logistics chain that must be addressed”.
Also speaking, “The Deputy National President of NAGAFF, Mr Simeon Nwonu emphasised, “This peace initiative has come to stay. No factor will divide us again”.
In his closing remarks, Dr Aniebonam warned, “Going forward, there will be sanctions. Those dividing us must stop. This is a new era, stop dividing us”.
The visit, which ended with group photographs and so much bonding was well attended.
Dignitaries included the Vice President of ANLCA, Dr Kayode Farinto, the National Secretary, Alhaji Mukaila Abdulazeez, the Treasurer, Hajia Bola Muse.
Others were, the National Coordinator, NAGAFF 100 percent Compliance Team, Alhaji Ibrahim Tanko, General Secretary of NAGAFF, Mr Dipo Olayoku, the Public Relations Officer of NAGAFF, among others.