As part of efforts to resolve the ongoing leadership tussle and conflicts at the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) has inaugurated a Committee tasked with resolving the crisis.
The Governing Board Chairman of CRFFN, Alhaji Abubakar Tsanni presided over the Committee’s inauguration in Lagos today, where he stated that the Committee is expected to unearth the underlying factors which led to the conflicts and proffer recommendations before September 7th, 2022.
According to the CRFFN Chairman, ANLCA, with over 3000 members and massive revenue generated for the federal government, should be providing leadership worthy of emulation for freight forwarding associations.
Speaking with News Diet on this development, Tsanni said: “It is unfortunate that this ANLCA crisis has been ongoing for over 4 years and all efforts to resolve it have been futile. CRFFN, as the regulator of all freight forwarding associations, has decided to step up to resolve these issues. We will do our best to address the problems in such a manner that the two factions will be satisfied with the resolutions of the Council.”
According to him, the Committee will also explore the roles of Nigerian Police and the judiciary in the ANLCA fracas in a bid to prevent further conflicts on the issue.
“Yesterday, I discussed with the Minister of Transportation, Alhaji Mu’azu Sambo on this ANLCA crisis and he supported this initiative to have a Conflict Resolution Committee. The Minister also said that we keep him abreast with the developments and resolutions by the Committee,” the CRFFN Chairman said.
Tsanni noted that the Committee was given six days to make its findings and recommendations with a view to deliberating on the resolutions at the next CRFFN Governing Board meeting scheduled to hold on September 8th, 2022.
Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the ANLCA Crisis Resolution Committee, Alhaji Abba Yusuf thanked the CRFFN Governing Board for the responsibility, while stating that the Committee’s task is clear and can be categorized in two parts.
“The first part is to find out the history of the crisis to know what really happened and the other part is to make recommendations. We will discuss with both factions. We have veteran freight forwarders and distinguished personalities on this Committee. We will do a thorough job and hopefully resolve these conflicts.”
“As the foremost freight forwarding association in the country, ANLCA shouldn’t be in such a state of conflict in leadership. We will do our best and not operate with any bias,” he said.
Members of the Conflict Resolution Committee include officials of the Transport Ministry, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), CRFFN, veteran freight forwarders and some members of the CRFFN Governing Board.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Media and Publicity at the CRFFN Governing Board, Hon. Muftahu Ya’u stressed that all future disputes among freight forwarders should utilize the dispute resolution mechanisms enshrined in the CRFFN Act.
“The Council has conflict resolution mechanisms which include bringing such issues to the Investigative panel of CRFFN whose membership include officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). We also have our tribunal that looks into matters affecting freight forwarders. However, the case of ANLCA started before these mechanisms were properly instituted. With these mechanisms, we hope that all warring factions will find solutions within,” he posited.