Six years after the expiration of the tenure of the last board of the Council for Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), there are indications that election into the governing council will hold in June 2018 after a recent sudden postponement.
The election had been slated for today (May 16) in Abuja, but dogged by many conflicts, including a pending court case against the body by the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) and rifts among the clearing associations, the election was postponed.
An industry source said on grounds of anonymity that apart from the court case, the postponement also followed an agreement among the associations that will be fielding candidates, as well as for related logistics, as the election will hold in Abuja.
According to the source, chieftains of ANLCA and the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) accepted the postponement when they were informally notified.
On his part, CRFFN Registrar, Mr. Mike Jukwe, explained that the election was taken to Abuja, where there is based a few or no clearing agents/agencies, for security reasons, adding that he would announce a new date today.
Ahead of that announcement, however, an authoritative insider disclosed that the CRFFN management has resolved to have the election in June.
Tenure of the last administration expired in 2012, and without a governing council since then, the body has not been able to carry out any meaningful work in the past six years though it had continued to receive budgetary funding.
President Muhammadu Buhari earlier this year appointed six council members but no chairman, since the enabling Act expressly provided for the election of a chairman by the freight forwarding practitioners.