Experts task CRFFN on independent tribunal, ethics

  • As agency begins practitioners’ capacity building

Aminah Baldwin (left), CRFFN Registrar/Chief Executive Officer, Samuel Nwakohu, Director, Innovative Pay, David Kerr, and Director, Fusion Academy of Excellence, Krishan Subramaniam, after the Dubai training/retreat…recently

For an exclusive jurisdiction, experts have urged the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) to work towards the establishment of an independent tribunal and prosecutors, even as it begins training to address the manpower deficits of the body and the profession.

Speaking on “Roles and Responsibilities of CRFFN and its Legal Framework” at a two-day training/retreat for CRFFN Governing Council members and management staff in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Theodore Mayaki of KWO Chambers said such exclusive jurisdiction would make the body a stimulant to Nigeria’s industrialisation and trade agenda.

Similarly, in his “Overview of Governance in Council, Board and Top Management Interface,” Mr. Chinedu Eboh of Kolo Baldwin Consulting Ltd listed transparency, accountability, consensus, orientation and inclusive participation of all concerned, among others, as requisite to the accomplishment of good corporate governance.

He enjoined the council to work within the ambit of its governing rules to enable it achieve desired goals. Also speaking on “Ethics, Compliance and Conflict of Interest, Board and Strategy Development,” Mrs. Hilda Nkor of the same firm stressed that basic standards of business conduct must be defined.

This, alongside a clear guideline on core corporate policies on ethics and communicated to all levels, will guarantee an understanding of the concept and dimension of good corporate governance, she noted.  

According to her, attributes including trust, tolerance, competence, integrity, honesty, commitment, fairness, respect and good citizenship, among other virtues, are imperative for the council and the profession to succeed, a statement by the CRFFN Head of Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Uromta Chinyere, noted.

Meanwhile, CRFFN Vice Chairman, Henry Njoku, has tasked the leadership of the council to imbibe the culture of teamwork as a mantra geared towards professionalism to enable it achieve rapid and sustainable progress.

Speaking on “Teamwork as Instrument for CRFFN’s Sustainable Development,” Njoku noted that this would guarantee a collective rebuilding and injection of new ideas that will reposition the freight forwarding industry and consequently reduce the unhealthy rivalry, envy and acrimony among its management and staff.

Earlier, the CRFFN Registrar, Mr. Samuel Nwakohu, said the training was the beginning of freight forwarders’ capacity building to correct the profession’s manpower deficiency, and reposition practitioners to enable them adequately interface with key stakeholders and consultants globally.

Commending the organisers and sponsors of the programme, SW-Global, he described the training as critical to the speedy development of the sub-sector through enhanced knowledge base for efficient service delivery and improved revenue generation, and called for more support to enable the council deliver on its mandate.

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