The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) may have achieved seamless collaboration with the port terminal operators and off-dock terminals, towards enhancing peace and ports efficiency.
The National Coordinator of the Compliance Team, NAGAFF, Alhaji Ibrahim Tanko indicated this during a routine visit of bonded terminals in Lagos, on Wednesday.
Tanko, who led the team to the Tin Can Island Port and the Mid-Maritime Services Ltd., said that some inefficiencies in the port sector would be curb if there were high level of collaboration among terminals.
According to him, there has been a misconception of the existence of the Compliance team at the Mid-Maritime terminal which led to a clash a few weeks ago, which he expressed satisfaction that the dispute had been resolved with the management of the terminal.
“There are some people here, they called themselves owners of this place maybe they are helping to do the wrong thing here, hence, they are scared of the NAGAFF Compliance team.
“There is no reason to be worried about the activities of this Compliance team if you are doing the right thing and I’m glad that the conflict has been resolved.”
“The Customs Deputy Controller in-charge of the terminal had agreed to work with NAGAFF and even communicated with the Founder of NAGAFF, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam about the Compliance team’s activities.
“I was glad that he accepted to work with this Compliance team. We are here to work with him and help the government in ensuring seamless operations. The terminal operators that were trying to reject us, later on, accepted us, “Tanko said.
He debunked allegations of fracas with the security of the Mid-Maritime terminal and assured that the Compliance team was not planning to usurp the functions of the management of the terminal.
Tanko also the Deputy President of NAGAFF Western Zone, applauded Mid-Maritime on standards met at the terminal and urged for unity with the compliance team members at the terminal.