By Lucy Ogalue, Abuja.
The Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye, has reaffirmed the Federal Government’s resolve to entrench effective and efficient freight forwarding system in the country.
Adegoroye said this in a statement issued by his Director of Press and Public Relations, Mr Henshaw Ogubike, on Sunday in Abuja.
The minister spoke this at the inauguration of the Kano Zonal Office of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) in Kano.
Adegoroye said that the construction and inauguration of the CRFFN office was in furtherance of Federal Government’s vision and determination to establish a smooth operating freight forwarding system in the country.
He said that it was also aimed at expanding the participation of littoral and non-littoral states in maritime and general logistics.
“The need to promote professionalism, entrench global best practices and develop the capacity of freight forwarding practitioners cannot be over-emphasised, hence the policy of having zonal offices in the six geopolitical zones of the country,” he said.
The minister enumerated the anticipated benefits and impact of the CRFFN’s zonal office, expressing optimism that the new office would further encourage safe, timely, sustainable and environmentally friendly movement of cargoes, using the road and rail modes.
According to Adegoroye, the office will aid revenue generation for the government through its collection of Practitioners Operating Fees (POF).
“It will also help in expanding the list of certified freight forwarding professionals, whose impact will be felt all over the country and beyond,” he added.
Adegoroye solicited the cooperation and support of the Kano State Government and other states in the zone for the CRFFN in all areas, as might be required from time to time.
Besides, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr Magdalene Ajani, said that it was imperative to establish CRFFN zonal offices across the country.
According to her, the offices will ensure effective and efficient regulation and promotion of freight forwarding in the nation.
The Registrar of CRFFN, Mr Sam Nwakohu, said that the construction of the Kano Zonal Office was informed by the need to bring the Council closer to the grassroots.
Nwakohu said that the CRFFN would not renege on its mandate of ensuring professionalism, promoting freight logistics efficiency and improving Nigeria’s ranking on the logistics performance index.
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, who was represented by his Special Adviser on State Affairs, Murtala Dandawaki, expressed the readiness of the state government to support the CRFFN.
He urged the council to take advantage of the state’s vast human and material resources.
Freight forwarding entails the coordination and shipment of goods from one place to another through a single or multiple carriers such as air, marine, rail or highway.
The CRFFN, which was established by the CRFFN Act No. 16, 2007, has the responsibility to, among others, regulate and control the practice of freight forwarding in Nigeria.
It also aims at promoting the highest standards of competence, practice and conduct among members of the profession.
The Kano zonal office of CRFFN is to oversee the council’s affairs in all the 19 northern states of Nigeria and ensure a strong presence of the council in that region.