By Sandra Chukwunyere
The Council for Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) has said that inadequate funding is one of the major challenges preventing the Council from carrying out its mandate in the industry.
Registrar of CRFFN, Barr. Samuel Nwakohu who disclosed this at a news briefing held at Headquarters of the Council in Lagos on Wednesday disclosed that the overhead to run affairs of the Council is N2.7 million per month.
Nwakohu however said that on assuming office on the 1st of February, 2019, there was an ongoing project known as the Practitioners’ Operating Fee (POF) which was one of the various avenues for raising internally revenue for the country
“But for one year, we have been on it. I took over from where my predecessor stopped. I had to seek several approvals; we had to go to ICRC to make a business case. After that, we headed to the Federal Executive Council to seek approval. As God would have it, approvals were granted. We started the process of integration with the Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigeria Customs Service, NCAA (Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority). But as at today, I am delighted to say that we have been able to integrate fully with the Nigerian Ports Authority and the Nigerian Customs Service. We haven’t been able to integrate fully with NCAA, negotiations are still ongoing in that regard” he said
According to him the Council has the approval of the Federal Executive Council mandating SW Global:technical partners, adding that President of STOAN Mrs.Hasstrup was briefed on this development and agreement was reached on integration of POF into the system.
“By the time we integrate fully, all we need do is give them the reference number through your bill of lading, they will crosscheck on their own system and that will be it. But before then, whatever we generate at this end, we will push it to them, they will tick it off if you have paid, if you haven’t pay, you can’t go with your cargo,” he said
While informing that they were ready to commence POF collection, the Registrar observed that the council were hoping that any moment from now, POF would go alive.