Freight Forwarders, University sign pact on manpower training

The Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) has signed a pact with the University of Lagos, South-West Nigeria, to train practising and potential freight forwarders.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) brings plans by CRFFN and the University to train and certify practitioners to a climax.

The arrangement to facilitate the training to get certification of the International Association of Freight Forwarders (FIATA) has been on since the past two years.

The Registrar of the council, Mr Sam Nwakaohu, at a ceremony in Lagos, South-West Nigeria, on Tuesday, said that the aim to train and certify freight forwarders was to enable them to be able to practise anywhere in the world.

According to him, the reform of the sector will be amplified in no distance time when only those certified will be permitted to carry out the trade in Nigeria:

“The business is no longer going to be an all-comers affair. Diploma certificates will be awarded to trainees at the end of the course to enable people and the regulatory body differentiate professionals from quacks.

“The CRFFN Act is apt on professional conduct and training of practitioners and the present administration is bent on proactive reforms that will ensure positive change in the sector.

“We want a situation where freight forwarders like other professionals will be respected and reckoned with.”

The certification which would elapse after three years, was renewable after the person had undergone a refresher course to be in line with International Association of Freight Forwarders.

Dr Ohisegun Adeaga, Deputy Director of the Institute of Maritime Studies, University of Lagos, who represented the University, said that the programme was a policy whose time had come.

According to the maritime administrator, the University would play the role of resource provider to ensure that the reforms met with international standards at all times.

He said the institution was known for excellence and would chart an ideal study work to put the students in good stead.

His words: “We are talking of professionalism here. For the council to mute the idea and consider the University as a partner in this regard means that the council is inclined to professionalism.”