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FG says CRFFN to start collecting transaction fees soon

The Council for the Regulation of Freight
Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) will soon commence collection of transaction fees
on all consignments imported into the country.

Minister of Transport, Senator
Idris Umar disclosed this yesterday at the formal opening of the CRFFN national
secretariat named ‘Freight Forwarders Headquarters’ and flagging off of staff
training and retreat in Apapa, Lagos.

Umar, who was represented by a
deputy director in the Maritime Service department of the Ministry, said the
embargo placed on the collection of the fees by the Federal Government would be
lifted soon.
He said, “The process for
lifting the suspension of the transaction fee is on and any moment from now,
there will be release in that regard.”
The Minister lauded the
management of CRFFN for moving its national headquarters to Apapa.
“With the provision of this new
office in Apapa, the hub of port and shipping business in Nigeria, the opportunity
for development of a modern and globally competitive freight forwarding system
and by extension achieving the core function of the council’s mandate is now
significantly improved.”
He said, “Government is
desirous of foisting a dynamic bureaucracy that would be in a position to
contend with the emerging global challenges. It is for this reason that the
Ministry of Transport has made staff training a culture.
“Undoubtedly, we will not only
continue to pay adequate attention to staff training but would also demand
reciprocity and improved service delivery from staff.”
Speaking earlier, Registrar of
the Council, Sir Mike Jukwe had appealed to the Minister to lift the suspension
of the transaction fee.
“We are aware that the Minister
was committed to lifting the suspension on the collection of transaction fee
and we appeal that he does that as soon as it is possible.
“Inadequate funding to execute
the numerous planned activities of the Council can be [solved] through the
lifting of ban placed on the collection of internally generated revenue,” Jukwe
Jukwe also said that training
and retraining of the council workforce was for maximum and timely service
delivery on the council’s mandate.
“This council can only have
professionally qualified and dedicated workforce through training and
retraining. We are committed to this that and this retreat is the third in the
series but we also targeted on-the-job short and long term training
programmes,” he said.

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