…Insists CRFFN’s maiden election was rigged!***
Seasoned freight forwarder and the National Chairman of New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), Dr. Boniface Aniebonam on Thursday urged stakeholders in the nation’s maritime industry to seek political powers, if ever they want enduring change in the industry.
He stated this in Lagos, in a chat with newsmen, stressing that obtaining political powers remains the most vibrant options for solving the myriad of problems plaguing the nation’s maritime industry.
Dr. Aniebonam, who is also the Founder of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) and said he founded the party, NNPP as a vehicle of change towards making his lofty dream for the industry and the nation become a reality.
Highlighting the achievements of the party in the last elections which he noted culminated for its not being among the recently deregistered political parties, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Aniebonam noted that NNPP met all the constitutional requirements, as it presently has a member in the House of Assembly in Bauchi State and has presence in 28 states including FCT.
He posited that the deregistration of the parties however does not mean new parties would still not be registered by INEC.
‘’It will be easier for INEC to manage administratively, the remaining number of political parties now,’’ he indicated further, advising President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure a free and fair elections in 2023.
He insisted that the industry would not have been overburdened by problems if maritime stakeholders were members of the present Senate and House of Representatives as they would have made concerted efforts to initiative bills that will salvage the situations. On this premise, he said it was important for maritime stakeholders to get involved in politics.
‘’If there is concerted effort for us to find ourselves in the legislature, we will make impact to rectify a lot of problems plaguing the industry as the present crop of legislators could not provide legislative solutions because they do not understand the industry,’’ said Aniebonam.
The NAGAFF equally observed that the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) could not make progress because its maiden governing council elections were rigged by the Nigerian Shippers Council in favour of members of Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) who did not understanding the aim and objective of the CRFFN.
‘’ANLCA in collaboration with the Nigerian Shippers Council rigged the maiden governing council election of the CRFFN. The resultant effect has made it impossible for CRFFN to thrive for many years,’’ said Aniebonam.