…appoints Increase Uche substantive President
By Oluyinka Onigbinde
The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has appointed Chief Increase Uche as its substantive national president.
Uche who had been in acting capacity since the demise of late president, Oluwole Adeyemi, who was appointed in 2016 was appointed after the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Lagos over the weekend.
Addressing journalists shortly after the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting the newly appointed president reiterated the association’s commitment to fully participate in the forthcoming Council for the Regulation of Freight forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) governing board elections and its desire to gun for its chairmanship.
Speaking against the background of the controversial Professional Operating Fee (POF) collection which is expected to begin in August, he noted that NAGAFF will continue to champion its collection, saying that it would enable CRFFN to function effectively and optimally.
The newly appointed president argued that members of NAGAFF ought to have produced the first council chairman by right, pointing out that “nobody in NAGAFF is afraid of the forthcoming elections into the council because we have qualified and registered members of the council” Chief Increase Uche who had earlier spoken with our correspondent before his appointment reinstated that the association is not out to kill the Council of Registered Freight Forwarding in Nigeria, as many believed the Association is the mastermind behind the problem facing the council.
In an exclusive chat with our Correspondent the newly appointed president stated that the Association is not out to create any problem for the council, but to ensure that things are done the proper way According to him “CRFFN is our baby, and it is not a good thing to say or to hear that a mother want to or wish that her baby should die, NAGAFF has always been in support of CRFFN and we will always be.
“Don’t forget that NAGAFF sponsored all the processes for CRFFN that we talked about today, so why should we say the Council must die”.
The president also stated that NAGAFF decided to take the council to court to correct some anomalies in the council which was not the reason for the creation of the council.
In his words “you will discover that NAGAFF is the only body fighting for genuine reasons, and not for personal interest, every other body is out for their own personal and selfish reasons.
“Following some actions undertaken by members of the Governing Council like the engraving of Coat of Arms on their complimentary cards and driving vehicles with the Federal Government of Nigeria Plate Number thereby carrying the Council as an agency of the Federal Government, “The Incorporated Trustees of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) went to court to contest the status of CRFFN which is supposed to be a private council just like the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) the Council for the Regulations of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), and Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).
“However we lost when the Federal High Court in its judgment ruled that CRFFN is a government agency. But we have appealed and the case is at the appeal court at present.
“So you will discover that only NAGAFF is the only body championing the genuine reasons for the establishment of the council. Uche added that the President, National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA), Lucky Amiwero went to court to challenge CRFFN just because he contested and lost the election.
In his words “So other cases they have in court as pertaining to freight forwarding are for selfish reasons, Lucky Amiwero is in court because he contested for the president of CRFFN and he lost he decided to go to court. “Even though he said he is no longer a freight forwarder, so I see no reason a rational person we behave in such a manner” he stated.