NAGAFF Wants Aged Practitioners To Quit Active Practice For Younger Ones

Dr Boniface Aniebonam, Founder of NAGAFF

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Dr Boniface Aniebonam, Founder of NAGAFF

…Commends Shittu for Quiting ANLCA BOT

The call and campaign for aged freight forwarders operating in the maritime sub-sector of the economy to retire and pave ways for younger practitoners and up-coming ones in the industry is currently yielding fruits as the former Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANCLA) president, Aare Sanni Shittu} quits the association’s Board of Trustee (BOT).

The association through its founder, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, who assured stakeholders of his plan to quit active practice in the freight forwarding business, has equally called on his other aged colleagues in the business to retire now and leave the business for younger operators.

The group also hailed the action of Alhaji Aare Shittu, who quited from his membership of the BOT of ANLCA, calling on others to join and embrace such bold step of Shittu.

According to the association, Aare Shittu’s resignation from the board of ANLCA is a wake up response to the call of the founder of NAGAFF, Dr. Aniebonam to all men and women well over 60 years of age in the freight forwarding practice to resign from any responsible position on various associations of ANLCA and freight forwarding on or before end of 2018.

In a press statement issued by the association and signed by its Head of Special Duties, NAGAFF Headquarters, Rev. Emma Agubanze, as sighted by maritime newsroom, the group said: ”It is time to go, give room for fresh ideas in the management and administration of registered associations of Licensed Customs Agents and Freight Forwarding practitioners. It is on record that the Founder of NAGAFF, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam had advised that all men and women in the various freight forwarding associations above 60 years old should retire with a view to providing a space for the young ones to take up responsibility in the proper management and administration of various associations. This is because it is very apparent that diminishing return is occurring with a great speed, thus affecting good governance in the administration and management of the various associations.”

Rev Agubanze noted that ”there is no doubt that freight forwarding practitioners are suffering so much in the hands of some government agencies, shipping companies and terminal operators, who for avoidable reasons, have become corrupt with impunity, thus thwarting all efforts on the part of the federal government to ease business endeavours in the Customs ports.”

On the side of the young freight forwarders,  Agubanze said: ”It is the expectations of the young freight forwarders that by 2019 ending, all persons well over 60 years of age should have resigned from any responsible  position in the various associations.”  

For the bold step taken by Aare Shittu of ANLCA, the group commended  and said: ”We therefore wish to appreciate and congratulate the bold step of Aare Sanni Shittu for listening to rhetoric advice of the Founder of NAGAFF, who had earlier announced his exit by 2019 ending with all his executives  well over 60 years.”   

The association regretted the actions of associations mostly big association like ANLCA, which he said should have been  a leading example to other smaller groups but could not do so. ”It is with great  regret that our sister association who claim to have been in existence since 1954 could not lead by example with a view to providing a seamless access to sustainable freight forwarding practice in the association.”

While advising the new leadership of ANLCA led by its National President,  Hon.Tony Iju Nwabunike,  the head of special duties national headquarters of NAGAFF counselled: ”We therefore  encourage the leadership of ANLCA under Hon. Tony Iju Nwabunike to be decisive and at the same time reminding him that BOT members are merely advisory.”

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