The Institute of Transport and Management Technology (ITMT) has conferred its grand fellowship on the Founder of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Dr. Boniface Okechukwu Aniebonam.
Dr. Aniebonam, who is also the National Chairman of New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) was, according to the Institute, singled out for the conferment as a result of his enormous contribution to the growth and development of the maritime industry in Nigeria.
Reading her welcome address, the rector of the ITMT, Dr. (Mrs) Lilian Chibor stated that no one can talk about maritime industry and trade facilitation in Nigeria without mentioning Dr. Aniebonam.
Chibor stated that as far as she knows, NAGAFF founded by Dr. Aniebonam is the first freight forwarding association in Nigeria and has made a tremendous impact in maritime business in Nigeria having thousands of members across the nation.
“We are celebrating an Icon, a super brand, a brilliant, energetic, fearless and vocal personality, someone who always stands for the truth no matter whose ox is gored,” she asserted.
The rector pointed out that Aniebonam is the third person to be conferred in 36 years of the Institute’s existence with the Grand Fellowship after Lt. Gen. Jeremiah Useni and Col. Hammed Ali (rtd), adding that Dr. Aniebonam has been a fellow of the Institute since 2003.
Responding, Aniebonam said he was appreciative of the Institute for finding him worthy to be conferred with the Grand Fellowship.
He noted that NAGAFF and the NAGAFF Academy have something in common with the Institute, saying that one of the basic requirements of NAGAFF is capacity building.
He said that the Institute stands out to assist the association in the area of capacity building.
Aniebonam revealed that he accepted the honour because the Institute will help in assisting the association educationally.
He advised young freight forwarders to take advantage of the Institute in improving themselves professionally as he directed the NAGAFF Academy to develop close ties with the Institute.