From Anthony Nwachukwu, Lagos
An intense struggle for the control of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) is ongoing between associations of customs agents and freight forwarders, each fighting to register more members ahead of the CRFFN Governing Council election billed for June 29 in Abuja.
Working tight rope to make the most of its little time to register as many members, having boycotted the CRFFN for some years until last month’s political resolution of their dispute is the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA).
Nevertheless, it has started both data capturing and registration of members simultaneously at both eastern and western zones. Total financial obligation for ANLCA members is N22,000 for each new applicant to CRFFN, consisting of N5,000 application fee, N7,000 for registration and yearly subscription fee of N10,000 for 2018, while existing members would skip the application fee.
According to ANLCA, the headquarters has urged the chapters to mobilise massively for the election, as most of the stringent conditions were meant to frustrate its members from participating in the election since they had taken the body to court over some irregularities of the past.
On its part, however, the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) is building on its advantage of already having more registered members internally and at CRFFN by bankrolling the completion of the application and registration requirements for members.
It disclosed that at the last count, five members were donating N20 million each for that purpose, including for campaign and other logistics that would cover a mass participation of a targeted 8,000 representatives at the Abuja show.
“Accordingly, all NAGAFF members yet to make second payment and 2018 annual subscription are advised to approach their various chapters to seek the assistance of the headquarters for their outstanding fees to CRFFN,” a statement by the association read.
It stated that the N100 million was beside the N5 million from the NAGAFF President, Mr. Increase Uche, and N10 million from another member, while more members were still spoiling to further contribute.
According to the statement, the association already has about 3,000 financially up-to-date individual practitioners and 250 corporate freight forwarders, while the target before June 25 is a total of 8,000.