Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, the Founder of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), has posited that involvement of maritime stakeholders in politics is the surest way in solving problems facing the nation’s maritime industry.
Aniebonma made this position known while addressing the media in Lagos last week on the achievements of the party in the last elections and for being among political parties that were not deregistered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Dr. Aniebonam, who is also the National Chairman of New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), said he founded the party, NNPP as a vehicle of change in making his lofty dream for the industry and the nation become a reality.
He noted that the industry would not have been overburdened by problems if maritime stakeholders were members of the present Senate and House of Representatives as they would have made concerted efforts to initiative bills that will salvage the situations. On this premise, he said it was important for maritime stakeholders to get involved in politics.
‘’If there is concerted effort for us to find ourselves in the legislature, we will make impact to rectify a lot of problems plaguing the industry as the present crop of legislators could not provide legislative solutions because they do not understand the industry,’’ said Aniebonam.
Aniebonam said that the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) could not make progress because its maiden governing council elections were rigged by the Nigerian Shippers Council in favour of members of Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) who did not understanding the aim and objective of the CRFFN.
‘’ANLCA in collaboration with the Nigerian Shippers Council rigged the maiden governing council election of the CRFFN. The resultant effect has made it impossible for CRFFN to thrive for many years,’’ said Aniebonam.