ANLCA Kicks Against, As CRFFN Commences Collection Of POF

By Maritime Security News

There seems to be some grey areas, in the sharing formular of Practitioners Operations Fee (POF) as Council for Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) officially started collection of the fee on Monday .

This is coming against the backdrop of declaration of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) that the Council shed more light on the sharing formula of the money.

Initially, the CRFFN had assured the clearing agents that 65% of the proceed of POF would go to the federal government while 35% would be allocated to the declarant and the freight forwarding associations.

While launching the collection of the money in Lagos on Monday, the Registrar of CRFFN said that all the proceeds from POF would be going into Treasury Single Account (TSA) from where its technical partners; SW Gblobal would now make an application to the government to claim the 35%.

He told journalists that the frequency of the remittances has also not been discussed with the federal government yet.

The ANLCA President Tony Nwabuidike stressed the need for CRFFN to explain modalities for sharing the fund that will accrue from POF.

He however maintained that ANLCA is in strong support of POF collection and it would give CRFFN benefit of doubt for one year, after which it would make an assessment and possible review.

“SW Global told us that it is not the entire money that is going to TSA, they said there is a platform where some percentage would go to the declarant, and the association for their welfare”

“What we want them to do is to come back to us and discuss properly, this is the position we are maintaining on the matter, in as much as we are supporting POF, we need to know the critical move of the POF and how to handle it

“We are going to seat down with the Registrar and the Chairman of CRFFN, don’t forget that we have 15 freight forwarders and customs brokers in that council, all the associations are going to come together to solve our problems,” Nwabuidike declared

Continuing he said, members of the association agreed totally to pay the POF based totally on the things CRFFN said in line with training and welfare of members.

“After all, we have been helping Customs to generate their revenue and the federal government has never deemed it fit to return any percent to us for our welfarism and training, so if CRFFN is promising to do that, we would give them a trial” Tony said

While reacting to reports that some ANLCA members have dragged CRFFN to court, seeking an injunction to stop POF collection, Tony Iju said no member of the association has written any petition to him about the fee.

To Curb  Frequent Fire Outbreak, Get Central Generator. Speaker Advises Traders.

Andrew Mba

Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. ( Dr ) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, has advised traders in the state to come together and have a common power supply for their market rather than purchasing individual generating sets  that usually lead to incessant fire outbreak in the market.

Obasa made this statement yesterday when members of  Market Leaders And Traders Association of Nigeria, Lagos Chapter led by their president, Comrade Christopher Okpala,  paid him a courtesy visit 

According to him, having a common source of power supply  to serve the whole market will go a long way to curb incessant fire outbreak in our  markets which has been of a huge loss to the traders themselves.

He also advised the traders to constantly liaise with the Local Government Councils and Neighborhood Safety Corps in their areas of operation to stop the problem of blocked drainage and insecurity particularly those caused by hoodlums.

He also implored them to also support government by paying their taxes as at when due.

Earlier in his opening remarks, President of Market Leaders and Traders Association of Nigeria, Lagos Chapter, Comrade Christopher Okpala said the courtesy visit was aimed at presenting to  speaker, an award of Extra-Ordinary Ambassador of Commerce.

He also said the Association has named the 2020 edition of it’s football competition as; Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa Traders Cup. 

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