Wednesday, December 1

FG to de-register clearing agents without academic qualifications

The Federal Government has threatened to deregister clearing agents who failed to obtain minimum academic qualifications needed for practicing the profession in the maritime and aviation sector.

This was disclosed yesterday by the registrar of the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), Barr. Sam Nwakohu, who spoke ahead of the graduation ceremony of 400 persons in freight forwarding, supply chain management at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), on Saturday.

Nwakohu revealed that anyone who does not have academic qualification after the deadline would be stopped from practicing the profession, while the council would have such names removed from its register of freight forwarders in the country.

The registrar said the course was initiated by the federal government to ensure the council weeds out nonprofessionals and miscrants within the ports corridors practicing the business of freight forwarding and supply chain management in which Nigeria is still lagging behind globally.

The course, it was learnt is in line with the section 4 of the CRFFN, which provides for the training and equipping of freight forwarders with the right tools and knowledge to meet international best practices as regards trade facilitation.

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Nwakohu said the federal government had mandate that freight forwarding should be regulated by the council owing to its importance to the nation’s and global economy.

He explained that the graduands comprise National Diploma and Higher National Diploma in freight forwarding and supply chain management, who finished their courses since 2012 till date.

“When we have the requisite education in freight forwarding and supply chain management, we will help build capacity in line with international standards,” he said.

Also speaking, the Director for Education and Training, Alban Igwe, said the course was set up in the country following the Government’s directives to be at par with the developed countries in digitalisation of trade facilitation.

“Most people don’t know the business of freight forwarding, the government does not want it to be an all comers affairs, it is an international business and anything we do in Nigeria affects the international trade.

“You find out that most freight forwarders don’t know digitalisation, our clearing processes have question mark and Nigeria is less competitive globally. We need to empower people to facilitate trade in order to impact the economy and we want to change the narrative through those academic qualifications,” he added.

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