- We are ready to work together – Says Dr Boniface Aniebonam
- Receives League of Maritime Editors
The freight forwarding sub-sector in the country is poised for greater development, as Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA); and National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), have formed strategic partnership to move the sub-sector forward.
Our news inquest revealed that ANLCA and NAGAFF, which are the two major associations highly rated in the maritime industry in Nigeria, have already concluded plans to work in synergy, in order to address challenges facing the sub-sector.
Speaking during official presentation of an Album by members of the League of Maritime Editors, Dr Aniebonam, who is the Founder of NAGAFF and a reputable stakeholder in the industry confirmed the working partnership between both groups.
Going further, Dr Aniebonam, highlighted the important role freight forwarders play in promoting maritime trade in Nigeria, which translates to huge revenue collection for the Federal Government on daily basis.
According to him, freight forwarders also carry out important functions in maritime logistics management chain.
In that capacity, the alliance between the two most recognised freight forwarding Associations in the country has come to stay, to enhance maritime trade and economic growth at large.
It is true that ANLCA and NAGAFF have decided to work together. At present, we have technical partnership agreement.
We have seen the need to work as a team to promote maritime trade and move the Industry forward.”
FOUNDER, as he is fondly called, explained that during the COVID-19 lockdown, which crippled commercial activities in various sectors of the economy, the seaports were opened daily for businesses because freight forwarders were always available to carry out transactions despite the pandemic.
Also, responding to questions on NAGAFF Academy, as an Institution that has trained many freight forwarders in Nigeria, he said the Academy is strategically positioned to impact knowledge.
His assertions :
“At NAGAFF, we believe in knowledge, technology and innovation. That is why we are funding NAGAFF Academy to equip freight forwarders with the skills needed to carry out the business like what obtains in the global trend.
“Today, knowledge rules the world and we are aware of this. So, whatever we spend on NAGAFF Academy is a good investment because it is knowledge driven.”
Recall that aside being NAGAFF FOUNDER, Dr Aniebonam is also an employer of labour.
A highly detribalised Nigerian, he has trained many people in the Industry from various ethnic groups, including the Northern part of the country.
He single-handedly funded a group of young Nigerians known today as NAGAFF Ambassadors.
It is to his credit that we have NAGAFF 100 percent Compliance Team today, just to mention but a few.