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Transportation Minister, Amaechi, inaugurates CRFFN’s Governing Council

The Minister of
Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has urged freight forwarders to get registered with the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria as only registered persons would be allowed  to do business in the seaports.

Amaechi made this known when he inaugurated the Third Governing Council of the
CRFFN in Abuja on Thursday.

Amaechi said that taking cognisance of the significant role freight and
forwarding plays in the nation’s economy, the Federal Government had taken
measures to set up the council to regulate and control the sub-sector.
According to him, authenticating genuine freight forwarders among many other
measures will help to regulate and control freight forwarding in all
He explained that Act. No 16 of 201 establishing the council charges the CRFFN
with the responsibility, among others to determine the standard of knowledge
and skills to be attained by persons seeking to be registered freight
He said: “I am particularly interested in the programmes of education and
training as well as regulations, monitoring, compliance and enforcement to
bring about international standards and best practices.
“Now, we have set up this governing council, from today, the council must serve
its functions and must discharge its responsibilities.

“I have directed Nigeria Ports Authority not to allow any of you enter until
you are a registered member of this organisation.
“The next thing is our appeal to Comptroller General of Customs that nobody
should clear any goods if he is not a registered member.
“While we check people who enter seaports, we should also check people who do
businesses in the seaports.
“I will insist that only those registered with CRFFN can do business in the
“Agents of NPA and customs should take note because the law is very clear about
freight forwarding.’’
The minister also urged the council and its members to conduct their businesses
in a way that would positively affect the populace and avoid excessive charges
on products.
He noted that on assumption of duty, he took interest in the activities of the
council and its challenges of inaugurating the third governing council and
collection of its internally generated revenue.
The minister said that while the challenge of setting up the third governing
council had been resolved, council members should ensure that they resolve that
of the IGR.
Amaechi further urged the council to be conversant with the rules and
regulations guiding it and to cooperate with the management toward achieving
set goals.
He advised them not to lose focus of the aims and objectives of establishing
the CRFFN, urging them to handle affairs of the council in the overall interest
of the nation.
He said that the ministry would continue to give the council the direction and
assistance when and where necessary in the task ahead in other to achieve the
desired results.
Amaechi also warned members against illegal collection of money on behalf of
the Federal Government, stressing that anybody who engages in such criminal act
would be dealt with in accordance with the law.
In his response, Alhaji Abubakar Tsanni, the newly elected President of the
council, assured that under his watch there would be a positive transformation
in freight forwarding.
Tsanni assured the minister that the council would deliver on its set goals.
He said members were sound and intelligent people that were drawn from
across businesses, civil servants and representatives from the six geopolitical
He said: “We thank you for the opportunity and chance given to us. I want to
assure you that this team is a very good team that you will work with.
“I assure you that we would do our best to succeed in the assignment given to
“From now till November, we will finish all the process, by the first week of
December, we will go into full operation and at the end of December we will
brief you of our progress.’’

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