*Conferred with Freight Forwarder General of Nigeria*
BY Okezie Nnadi
Founder National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (Nagaff), Dr. Boniface Okechcukwu Aniebonam has charged Journalists to blend into the society, report the ports without fear or favour, make money and take responsibility. Dr Aniebonam was speaking recently at the Commissioning ceremony of the Secreteriat of the Maritime Journalists’ Association of Nigeria (MAJAN).
The enigmatic Founder of The New Nigeria Peoples’Party (NNPP) who was conferred with the award of Freight Forwarder General of Nigeria, by the Journalist Association was profusely eulogized by the President of MAJAN, Mr Ray Ugochukwu for his tenecity, doggedness and unparalleled philanthropy, which has seen him raise an Armada of prosperous young freight Forwarders who are ready to rule the Nigerian Maritime industry.
Aniebonam who was elated by the honour done him by the Association, was in his right elements as he charged Journalists to go for investigative journalism as a panacea to economic emancipation and proper growth. In his words, ” Journalists must earn their Independence through investigative journalism, investigative journalism is key to the success of journalism,” he stated.
He called on Journalists to go out there and report the port as they should and allow people to make judgement of facts and evidence you present. ” We must not continue playing second fiddle, our country is sinking and we must play our own part to stop it from sinking, report the port because you’re going to add value while you also make money,” he advised.
Aniebonam also called on the Older members of the Association Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) to give peace a chance and allow younger ones to steer the ship of the Association and thrive.
” The crisis in ANLCA is affecting Nagaff, one cannot work without the other, that is how these things are wired. All these elders should allow the young ones to work, in anyway, what is the Board, why is the BoT distabilizing ANLCA, ANLCA must be given the chance to thrive,” he blasted.
On the CRFFN, he said the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding Practice in Nigeria is not an Agency of the government, “it is what the National Assembly has given us to straighten the practice of Freight Forwarding. The CRFFN, if properly modelled the way it was originally planned, will benefit everyone and Journalists will not be left out with overseas training and capacity building,” he assured.
For the National Secretary ANLCA, Alh. Abdulazeez Babatunde Mukaila, MAJAN is on the right trajectory, different from other Associations, having a traceable place of business. The ANLCA Chief promised that his association will partner with MAJAN for growth.
Also speaking, the National Welfare officer of ANLCA, Hajia Bola Muse congratulated MAJAN for ensuring they have a calling point. According to her, “this is the beginning of new things to come, it’s indeed a landmark event,” she stated.