By Dave Oludare Oso
The African Association of Professional Freight Forwarders and Logistics in Nigeria, APFFLON, has applauded stakeholders in the aviation and marine industries for their immense contribution to the progress and development of the sectors over the past year.
In a statement from its national president, Otunba Frank Ogunojemite, APFFLON said that as an advocacy group, it has tirelessly followed activities in both sectors and can confidently commend the individuals, groups, and government agencies that have done very well in 2020. .
The statement read: “We wish to especially thank the Nigerian Shippers Council and its Executive Secretary, Mr. Hassan Bello, for the great efforts that are being made to put the Council in its rightful place. We hope to see a fully sanitized system next year. We also congratulate the Nigerian Port Authority led by Hadiza Bala Usman, Nigerian Standards Organization, SON, and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC and its Director General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye. The Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited, SAHCOL, Nigerian Aviation Handling Company, NAHCO and other interested parties for their wonderful cooperation.
“We also ask the leadership of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria, CRFFN, to give a new leaf in the new year. As far as we are concerned, the current CRFFN management has not added value to the freight forwarding practice in Nigeria since its inception. “The current Council Secretary, rather than taking the Council to greater heights, on the contrary, has been consistently disrespecting the elderly and key industry players. We hereby urge all associations not to be fooled by CRFFN accreditation, but to come together to make Nigeria take its place. corresponds in the community of maritime nations.
”APFFLON, as a key player in both sectors, entrusts Dr. Bashir Jamoh, General Director of NIMASA, to continue the good work at the agency. You got off to a good start and we urge you not to back down. We especially appeal to SON to emulate NAFDAC by leading stakeholders in its policies and innovations.
“NCS Comptroller General Col. Hameed Ali should review and improve both customer relationships and operations as a key government agency.”
Ogunojemite also said that shipping companies, terminal operators and cargo handling companies should improve their services and increase their Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR).
”We also call on the government to accelerate rail projects and fix road infrastructure throughout the country. We hereby call on all stakeholders to contribute collectively and individually to the greatness of the aviation and marine industry. We at APFFLON wish you all a very happy Christmas celebration and a prosperous New Year in advance, ”he said.