Jukwe threatens use of big stick


…As members shun CRFFN mandatory trainings 

The original plans of the Council for Regulations of Freight Forwarders of Nigeria (CRFFN) to boost professional practices through mandatory training may have run into trouble waters as students have indicatively, shunned all the designated institutions, scattered across the six geo-political zones of the country.

Prince olayiwola Shittu
Prince Olayiwola Shittu

It was believed that the dearth of students may not be unconnected with the high training/ course fees, attached to the trainings, even as some posited that the poor response also, possibly because the maritime-related courses were new.

Confirming this at the weekend, the CRFFN Registrar, Mike Jukwe who also blamed the non-proximity of the institutions to the Ports areas, however said some of them have started making moves to relocate close to the ports, citing good examples like NIIT, and the Redeemers University.

Consequently, the Registrar has also threatened that the Council may, as from January next year commence enforcement activities on its corporate members, stressing that any members, falling short of the set standards will be immediately de-registered.

Sounding a note of warning at the summit of CRFFN accredited associations and training institutions, which held last Friday, (5th December 2014) at the Freight Forwarders’ headquarters, Bisi  Omidiora St, Apapa GRA, Lagos, Sir Mike Jukwe said the Council was already addressing the challenges, particularly the challenge of high fees.

On the unwillingness of members of the freight forwarding associations to go to the accredited institutions for training, the Registrar further warned that it will not hesitate, when the time comes, to enforce the mandatory and continuous training programmes enunciated in its schedule; thereby ensuring through the gesture, that it becomes compulsory for registered individuals with CRFFN, to attend the mandatory training.

Prince Olayiwola Shittu informed members of the Nigeria Customs-sponsored training for licensed Customs Agents, taking place at the National Secretariat of ANLCA. He said the training, which entered the sixth batch within the week, is for free, including free lunch. Two more batches in the next two weeks, and it will be over in Lagos.

Next training will be at the Customs training school, Abuja. For those (Licensed Customs Agencies) who are unable to take advantage of the training at the ANLCA secretariat, may find it difficult, if not impossible, to renew their licenses.

Meanwhile, the National President of the Association of Nigerian licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) Prince Olayiwola Shittu has advised all licensed Agencies to send their representatives to attend the ongoing Customs related training, within the remaining two batches, enjoining other sister associations who may be desirous of hosting the training for their members who have customs licenses, to freely approach the Customs headquarters, provided they have training facilities, for consideration.

He posited that ANLCA liaison offices have been opened for all accredited associations in the Freight Forwarders headquarters, complemented with the nomination of Prince Kayode Collins Farinto as ANLCA’s liaison officer, to interface between CRFFN and ANLCA, so as to ensure constant flow of information between the two organizations.

Other associations were however requested to forward names of their representatives, to act as liaison officers.

It would be recalled that part of the core mandate of CRFFN is to regulate the practice of Freight forwarding, set standards and monitor compliance.