APPEAL FOR CALM AMONG AGITATING FREIGHT FORWARDERS OVER PTML IDENTITY CARD
The management of the National Association of Government Approved Freight
Forwarders (NAGAFF) is using this medium to appeal for calm among freight
forwarders currently agitating over the controversial and contentious Port
Access/Identity Card policy of the authorities at the PTML.
This call has become imperative to avert the likely consequences of any
form of protest or demonstration as disgruntled elements could hijack the
genuine struggle of the agitating freight forwarders to wreak havoc.
We wish to inform freight forwarders and other stakeholders affected by
this PTML Port Access/Identity Card policy that genuine efforts involving
all parties are ongoing towards resolving the contentious issues to the
benefit of freight forwarders and in the interest of our dear country
Nigeria. NAGAFF is already in talks with the Federal Ministry of
Transport and some agencies of Government like the Nigerian Shippers
Council, NPA as well as other relevant agencies towards bringing this
illegality to an end. We are also holding talks with our legal team as to
establish the culpability of the affected company with a view to recouping
all monies illegally collected from our members in the name of procuring
the so-called Port Access/Identity Card.
We wish to put it on record that we are in touch with the management of
PTML towards finding a common ground over the lingering issues. The
Founder of NAGAFF, Dr. Boniface Okechukwu Aniebonam and the Managing
Director of PTML Mr. Ascanio Russo are in serious discussion over this
matter and both leaders are determined to take advantage of this window of
negotiations to lay the matter to rest. As a matter of fact Dr. Aniebonam
has also been making personal contact with major stakeholders in the
industry towards putting the matter behind us.
We therefore appeal to the authorities of PTML to work in line with the
terms of the concessioning agreement and in obedience to the laws of
Nigeria. We wish to reiterate that no progress can be made in an
atmosphere of impunity and chaos.
NAGAFF is hereby calling on our members to avoid any act capable of
inciting violence as we believe in fighting our battles in the boardroom
of cerebral display of knowledge, instead of going physical which has no
place in modern day trade dispute negotiations. We are confident that
this matter will soon be resolved amicably.
REV EMMA AGUBANZE
Head of Special Duty