By Gboyega Oni
…ageing ANLCA leaders should join me
The Founder of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Dr. Boniface Okechukwu Aniebonam on Thursday August 9, 2018 in Lagos declared that by 2019 he will finally bow out from all freight forwarding association activities including that of NAGAFF in commemoration of his 65th birthday.
Aniebonam, a leading figure in the nation’s maritime/freight forwarding industry, stated this during an interactive session with the maritime press at the NAGAFF Village, to thank the press for the support given to him since the inception of the association in 1999 and of recent the support given to NAGAFF during the elections into the governing board of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) in Lagos.
Aniebonam said that he was over joyed from the bottom of his heart by the support from the maritime press, saying that if not for their criticisms and a lot of obstacles, mostly human elements, the association would not be where it is today.
He said that he was taking the step to give way for young freight forwarders to take over leadership positions in the industry to come up with innovative ideas that can reposition the industry for greatness in the overall benefit of the country and future Nigerians.
According to Aniebonam, who also called on his ageing colleagues in the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA)- Prince Taiye Oyeniyi, Prince Olayiwola Shittu, Aare Sanni Shittu, Chief Elochukwu, Chief Henry Njoku etc, to step down from freight forwarding association activities in the year 2019, said that he was fulfilled with the outcome of the recent elections into the board of the CRFFN.
He said that he had a strong fate in the members of NAGAFF that were elected into the CRFFN governing board, saying that they would bring about the desired professional change that will propel the industry into greater heights.
Aniebonam, who was elated by the support of the media to him and NAGAFF, said ‘’I have to go and leave the space for further process for the young ones. These six people elected on the platform of NAGAFF into the CRFFN are the end of my journey in freight forwarding association activities.
‘’I am very sure that my back shall be better in 2019 after leaving association activities. As I am beginning towards winding down, those who are 60 and above in NAGAFF are going with me. This idea will allow the young ones to take over.
‘’Prince Olayiwola Shittu, Aare Sanni Shittu, Prince Taiye Oyeniyi and others in ANLCA who are above 60years must leave freight forwarding association activities; and if they do not leave, ANLCA will not know peace. Though it has to be voluntary.’’
Aniebonam thanked the maritime media journalists for the support and admonished them to come under one umbrella, saying that fractionalisation in the maritime media has not bought about cohesion in the maritime reporting.
This, he said, has affected the growth of the industry generally.