*** Unveils Newly Elected Council Board Members By Ambrose Okehi
In a way of returning appreciation for a job well done’, the National Association of Government Approved Freight ÔForwarders (NAGAFF) on Thursday gathered the various maritime media associations covering the maritime beat at their national headquarters, thanking them all for supporting NAGAFF all these years (since 1999) particularly for the media roles they played in the just-concluded chapter and the CRFFN elections, in which the NAGAFF came out victoriously.
Unveiling the six elected Council Board members into the CRFFN Board to media men, the founder of NAGAFF, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam who was full of joy for his redemptive role in the maritime sector and freight forwarding profession, which he said climaxed with the election of NAGAFF’s six representative in the Council board which include: the National president of NAGAFF, Chief Increase Uche, Rev. Emmanuel, Agubanze, princess Chi Ezeh, Tochukwu Ezisi, Timothy Awogbemi and Chief Ifeanyi Ekemezie.
Dr Aniebonam said that he wants to use the platform offered by the media parley to showcase the board members to the media.
He equally thanked the media for the supportive roles since 1999 when NAGAFF came into being and the media role for the chapter and Council elections.
The founder recalled how he started NAGAFF in the 90s and the challenges he faced particularly when one of the maritime journalists challenged him by saying that he gave NAGAFF three months to fizzle out and die a natural death.
He said, that was the tonic he needed at that time to do what he supposed to do as that spurred him into action and what the association is today, a leading freight forwarding association in the industry and the country at large.
The founder said that people may not have known that he appreciated such a challenge as NAGAFF it took the association where it is today.
DR. Aniebonam informed journalists that NAGAFF will be clocking 20 years by next year while assuring that he appreciated and noted that the man’s verbal attack was what he needed at that material time and said that is one of his best friends in this sector today.
In another development, counselled the various media associations to unite together and operate as one, as operating under one unified umbrella will enable to become relevant in this industry, promote peaceful co existence and meet their ends. His words : “I want maritime media Professionals to understand that the sector (beat) where they are operating has over 80 different freight forwarding associations still they work together under one body”
”I want you people to come together under one body. Come together under one controlled body with a representative of each group,” Dr. Aniebonam advised.
Speaking earlier at the event, the National President of NAGAFF, Chief Increase Uche said the event was put together by NAGAFF just to give members of the maritime press befitting appreciation for the role they played during our elections.
He said such is possible because of the long existing relationship between NAGAFF and the maritime press.
The NAGAFF boss further stated: ”This type of media parley is important because of the mutual relationship that has existed between our association (NAGAFF) and the maritime press over the years. Such a conviviality has kept us (NAGAFF and the maritime media) moving. We don’t need to sorrow despite the challenges we are facing currently at the ports.”
The NAGAFF president specially thanked the founder of the association, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam who muted the and see to its actualization as regards the organisation.”