A critical stakeholder in the freight forwarding subsector of the maritime industry, Ndubuisi Uzoegbo has lamented inadequate training for members of the freight forwarding practitioners saying it has led to lack of professionalism in the subsector.
Uzoegbo, who is aspiring for the chairmanship seat of Apapa chapter of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) promised to champion the training in line with the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) mandate.
Ndubuisi Uzoegbo who made the pledge during a chat with newsmen in Lagos, also promised to get an operational vehicle for the chapter if he emerged as the winner in the February elections.
The young entrepreneur explained that members need constant enlightenment programme in freight forwarding practice .
He also disclosed that plans are in place to engage the Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs service , CRFFN and private maritime institutions on how to empower members.
“My aim is to educate young freight Forwarders and I know i can achieve that because the upcoming practitioners need to understand the rudiment of the profession”
“The issue of secretariat or vehicle are very important but I believe we need all the training to get it right ”
“Pledging to acquire bus or providing of
secretariat for a Apapa chapter at this point is awkward and not too good for us because it shows that we are yet to progress at that level.
“I want a situation whereby my members can be able to defend themselves ,know their right as regards the profession.
“I want a situation whereby they are dealing with government agencies or dealing with their clients it will in a professional manner and not the other way round .
“Some of us don’t know our right in the line of duty and this is one area I truly want to deliver on because I believe in the younger practitioners in our association, ” Uzoegbo stated.
He lamented that under the Fred Ajuzie
administration as Chairman of NAGAFF in Apapa chapter, there was no meeting of the executives with members throughout his eight years as chairman.
He however assured members of regular meeting as well as cementing a good working relationship with members.
The Chairmanship aspirant called on members to be bold and confident in customs processes and procedures as a tool to trade facilitation,which he said, would bring out the best from the practitioners.