By Sandra Chukwunyere
The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has started championing for a suitable replacement for Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi as the Minister of Transportation pending when he leaves office.
The group is saying that the industry is no longer interested in having non-professionals occupying in such sensitive positions.
The association noted that Barr.Hassan Bello, who is about retiring from active service from the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), where he is presently as it’s Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Accordong to the association,it is no longer news that Barr.Hassan Bello is leaving the Nigerian Shippers’ Council in the next two weeks having served his term.
It is also not in doubt that Hassan Bello is the most productive Chief Executive Officer of the Government of the Federation deployed at the Maritime transport and cargo administration in Nigeria.
They group further said: ” Bello is not only a bundle of humility in service, he is competent and professionally endowed in his area of primary assignment”
“Therefore ,it shall be strategic on the part of NAGAFF from it’s vantage position to suggest to the Hon. Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi that Hassan Bello is the most appropriate and qualified professional person to take after him and continue with the level of positive impact he has made in the Transportation Ministry”
This simply means that he is well Positioned to advise Mr President in that regard whenever his tenure is ended as the Minister of transportation.
The association said in a statement issued and signed by the Founder of the association,Dr Boniface Aniebonam recently : “NAGAFF is highly concemed over who becomes the Hon Minister of transportation”
“We are concerned because we need a professional Transportation Minister who knowledgeable in ports administration and management “
“We need a Transportation minister who is conversant with Ports operations and service delivery.We want a Transportation Minister who understands cargo administration Freight Forwarding practices and logistics services”
“We want a Transportation Minister who understands that corruption is an enemy of Nigeria. We want a Minister who can bridge the existing gap between the Finance Minisiry and Transportation in-relation to formulation of traded goods fiscal policies and Customs facilitation”
“We need a Transportation Minster who can rejig CRFFN to serve its purpose and bridge the avoidable circumstances around the Customs and CRFFN Act. This is because there is a suspected fear of the unknown … the association pointed out”