… Says Clout, money not blackmail would determine who wins***
The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) Founder, Dr Boniface Aniebonam has cautioned federating associations registered to contest the CRFFN election against the use of blackmail, stressing that money and clout rather than cheap blackmail wins elections.
The Founder made the observation at the weekend, stressing the need for federated bodies to educate members of CREFFPON, because intimidation or trumped up assertions, inuendoes, disrespect to seniors and name calling will not win either this election or subsequent elections in the Nigerian setting or, in CRFFN elections.
“What shall aid any interested individual to win election shall depend on one’s liquidity to fund the voters to become eligible to vote for a candidate of his or her choice.
“It simply means that if you do not have the money or be in a position to influence a sponsor with the capacity to help you, all you needed is to shut up your mouth and get to do something else”, Aniebonam observed, noting that: “This is because power is not given”.
“Nobody can ever give you power under any guise, else you are merely daydreaming.
“The fact remains that you must pick the nomination form for 500k; you must help your voter to clear his or her annual subscriptions of 60k and other incidentals”, the association pointed out.
“And so for you to be in the competition you must at least have cleared a minimum of 500 voters.
It is important that we disabuse the minds of the adversaries of street urchins as they may claim in the forthcoming election to acknowledge that CRFFN act is, even more, interested in catching them young in the business of freight forwarding profession in Nigeria.
“Those being referred to as street urchins are indeed the young freight forwarders who are to be trained to acquire skills and knowledge through an approved institution of the council.
“NAGAFF is equally very much interested in them and we believe that the council shall continue to protect them.
“It’s is interesting that most of the critical members of “CREEFPON” are products of NAGAFF at the high command level who should know better.
“NAGAFF is even aware that they shall soon return back to base after concluding their assigned special duty..
“Except they are no longer the children of God and part of the struggle to liberate freight forwarders of Nigeria from bondage NAGAFF shall have no choice but to declare them sabotours. ”
“Accordingly, NAGAFF shall go ahead to deregister their membership and remove their photographs from the NAGAFF hall of Famers at the national HQRS.
“This simply means that they never existed in NAGAFF as members.
“The truth is that NAGAFF is a movement and professionally distinct from any other freight forwarding or licenced customs clearing agents associations known at the Nigerian port and borders.
“What drives NAGAFF as a professional body are as following —– Discipline, Professional standards, Education, Skills and Knowledge, Leadership, Rule of law, Friendship and collaboration.
“The fact remains that the federating associations under the canopy of CRFFN consultative forum have taken position in accordance with the law to advise the Hon Minister of transportation.
The Hon Minister of transportation may not be in a position to speak to individual members of the council other than the consultative forum.
“It is a fact that section 5 (1/2) of CRFFN act speaks volume as to the powers of the Hon ministry of transportation to give direction and character of the council board administration having regard to the consultative forum position in any matter.
“It is fact that CRFFN accredited five registered associations and its open to every individual and corporate members of the council.
“Therefore under regulation, it is compulsory for every individual or corporate member of the council to belong to any of the registered associations of CRFFN.
This is the essence of regulation and control by CRFFN over the freight forwarding practioners,” the Maritime Guru further counseled.