As a former President of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) Aare Sanni Shittu resigns from the Board of Trustees of ANLCA, a sister agency, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has termed the development ‘a wake-up call’ for those over 60 years in the freight forwarding practice.
In a NAGAFF press release signed by the Head of Special Duty at NAGAFF Headquarters, Rev. Emma Agubanze, Shittu’s resignation was commended while members of freight forwarding associations over 60 years have been admonished to resign from any position in the various associations before end of 2019.
“It is time to go, to give room for fresh ideas in the management and administration of registered associations of Licensed Customs Agents and Freight Forwarding Practitioners” the release said.
Recall that the Founder of NAGAFF, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam had advised that all freight forwarders in several associations who are above 60 years should retire.
The NAGAFF Founder stated that the development would create room the young ones to take up responsibility in the proper management and administration of the various associations, thus bringing in new drive and innovation.
“It is very apparent that the diminishing return is occurring with a great speed, thus affecting good governance in the administration and management of the various associations. There is no doubt that freight practitioners are suffering so much in the hands of some Government agencies, shipping companies and terminal operators, who, for avoidable reasons, have become corrupt with impunity, thus thwarting all efforts on the part of the federal government to ease business endeavours in the Customs ports” the release stated.
Meanwhile, NAGAFF congratulated Aare Sanni Shittu for such the bold step to resign, noting that the Founder of NAGAFF earlier announced his exit by 2019 ending with all NAGAFF executives well over 60 years.
“It is with great regret that our sister association who claim to have been in existence since 1954 could not lead by example with a view to providing a seamless access to sustainable freight forwarding practice in the association. We therefore encourage the leadership of ANLCA under Hon. Tony Iju to be decisive and at the same time remembering him that BOT members are merely advisory” it added.
NAGAFF also promised to make further statements concerning all persons expected to quit the scene by 2019 in the various associations.