By Ray Ugochukwu
In a move to familiarize himself with critical stakeholders in the industry, the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Maritime Police Command,
Alkali Baba Usama, will on Thursday June 7, 2018, pay a working visit to the
National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF).
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the Association, Fwdr. Stanley Ezenga,stated that the AIG’s parley with NAGAFF leadership and members would commence at 11.00am the group’s 2A Maybin Road, G.R.A. Apapa, Lagos headquarters.
According to Ezenga, “The working visit which is being undertaken is in continuation of his effort to meet with the critical stakeholders with a view to ensuring responsible partnership in the general security and safety of the ports,
people and environs. Accordingly, all members of NAGAFF and the media practitioners are duly invited to receive our amiable friend.
“It is on record that NAGAFF has been exceptionally the most responsible partners of the various Government Agencies and parasatals detailed to oversee ports operations and management. You will recall that the Comptroller General of Customs, the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, the
Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers’ Council and the Director General of Standards Organisation of Nigeria had earlier paid similar official visit to NAGAFF Headquarters”.
“It is the expectation of NAGAFF that the AIG shall be presented with various matters connected to corruption in the ports, access in and out of the ports and various breaches of Ports Orders. Others shall include the ongoing harassment, intimidation and extortion of money from the practitioners along the city road of Lagos by various agents of Government in the course of our duty.
“Moreso, the incessant blocking of containers through the shipping companies manifest by unauthorized Government agencies. All National officers, chapter executives and members should be in our dress code as professionals.
“Meanwhile, other associations; ANLCA,NCMDLCA, AREFF, NAFFAC, etc., are hereby invited”, the NAGAFF image maker added.
Boniface Aniebonam, Founder of NAGAFF