NAGAFF 24 years of success story, giant strides in maritime sector  …Its unforgettable 24th anniversary

Photographs taken during the 24th anniversary of NAGAFF

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NAGAFF 24 years of success story, giant strides in maritime sector  ...Its unforgettable 24th anniversary

….Dr Aniebonam; Freight Forwarder General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Photographs taken during the 24th anniversary of NAGAFF

It was an epoch making event in Lagos, on Friday December 8, 2023, as National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), celebrated 24 years of success story in the freight forwarding sub-sector of Nigeria’s economy.

Yes, it has been 24 years of giant strides and enormous contributions towards the maritime industry and national development by NAGAFF.

In recognition of its remarkable achievements in training and empowering young Nigerians in the sector, as well as enormous contributions to the growth of Nigerian Maritime sector, stakeholders, top government functionaries, captains of Industries and reputable personalities from all walks of life gathered at Rock-View Apapa, to celebrate NAGAFF success story.

Thus, the 24th Anniversary of NAGAFF has come and gone, but the good memories of the event celebrated in grand style will linger for long on the minds of invited guests. The encomiums showered on NAGAFF Founder, Dr Boniface Aniebonam, will remain unforgettable in the history of our great country.

Dr Aniebonam : The Freight Forwarder General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

The event featured paper presentations and discussions on measures to rejuvenate the freight forwarding sub-sector for greater growth, as well and goodwill messages from various maritime agencies operating in the country.

The high point of the occasion was award presentation to outstanding practitioners. Dr Aniebonam, known in the entire maritime industry as a reputation stakeholder, was honoured with a prestigious award as ‘Grand Commander in freight forwarding practice in Nigeria’.

Other personalities honoured with awards included the President General of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, Prince Adewale Adeyanju, former Acting President of ANLCA, Dr Kayode Farinto, among others.

I’m his remarks, Dr Aniebonam, advised freight forwarders to continue upgrading their knowledge and skills in the business, in order to excel and upscale their competences.

According to him, NAGAFF was established to liberate freight forwarders and to revolutionise freight forwarding and logistics in Nigeria, which eventually led to establishment of Council for the Regulating of Freight Forwarding Practice in Nigeria (CRFFN).

He called on freight agents in the country to go back to the council to acquire knowledge and be certified.

His words : “Embrace education and learning. You can go back to school anytime. This is why you need to embrace education and acquire more knowledge.

“I have also tried to ensure that NAGAFF has a government-approved academy (NAGAFF Academy), so. no forwarder has an excuse for not acquiring the needed education. The freight forwarders occupied an important position in the Nigerian economy, so you must embrace education to be relevant in the system ”.

In the same vein, the former Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shipper’s Council, Barrister Hassan Bello, who was the Chairman of occasion, said that freight forwarding is indispensable to the maritime industry, adding that without the forwarders, there cannot be maritime.

His words; “Education is the soul of freight forwarding. The freight forwarders are important and indispensable to Nigerian economy. Without you –the freight forwarders, Customs cannot generate revenue for Federal government. You have an indispensable profession to protect; you must therefore embrace education, training and retraining”.

He stressed that embracing technology is also important in freight forwarding. He informed : “Structure is also important. Office must be located in strategic places and many things can be done as a freight forwarder”.

In his remark, the president of NAGAFF, Chief Tochukwu Ezisi, emphasised that NAGAFF has grown in numerical strength within 24 years to over 10,000 members nationwide and also boosted Customs revenue by facilitating duty and excise payment on import and export trade transactions.

He called on relevant agencies in the port to make the port more efficient and competitive with global best practice, especially under the current African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), to attract more ship calls from the region.

In his keynote address, titled “Agro Allied Products Export: Bedrocks to Sustainable Development”, the keynote speaker at the event, Captain John T. Okakpu urged the Nigerian government to support private sector growth by providing an enabling environment.

He also urged the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to collaborate with relevant agencies to make export seamless, noting that such a move will enhance the development of the nation’s economy.

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