CRFFN crisis: Agents plot Jukwe’s sack

A new twist has been added to the crisis rocking the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) as some freight forwarders under the aegis of the Registered Freight Forwarders Forum (RFFF) have called for the ouster of the Council’s Registrar, Sir Mike Jukwe.

In a message sent to SHIPS & PORTS DAILY on Monday, one of the freight forwarders (names withheld) claimed that CRFFN under Jukwe has lost focus.

“The Registered Freight Forwarders Forum is watching with keen interest the leadership of Mike Jukwe and has since noticed it lacks focus and direction.

“Jukwe seems to have forgotten the aims and objectives of the founders of CRFFN and therefore lacks ideas of what to do with the body. All members are mobilizing for the next line of action as it is quite obvious that the Council needs a capable and experienced hand to paddle the canoe,” RFFF stated in the message.

The CRFFN, set up in 2007 by an Act of Parliament, is saddled with the responsibility of regulating and professionalising freight forwarding practice in Nigeria.

The Council has been embroiled in crisis for about two years following disagreements with the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) and the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) – the two biggest freight forwarding associations registered under it. The crisis snowballed into unmanageable proportion leading to sharp disagreements among members of its now dissolved governing council. The inability of the Federal Government to reconstitute the governing council in over one year further compounded CRFFN’s woes with the Registrar left to solely pilot its affairs.

During an exclusive with SHIPS & PORTS DAILY last year, Jukwe claimed that his refusal to share the Council’s money with the leaders of NAGAFF and ANLCA led to their disagreement with him.

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