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Peter Obi seeks freight forwarders’ support for Jonathan’s re-election

Sir Peter Obi, a former
governor of Anambra State and Special Adviser to the President on Finance, on
Thursday held a stakeholders meeting with freight forwarders, to seek their
support for President Goodluck Jonathan in the forth-coming presidential
election.

While addressing
the freight forwarders, Obi gave assurance of President Jonathan’s commitment to
the development of the sector.
He recalled the
various measures taken by the present administration to reform the sector and
achievements recorded so far, and said that the administration was ready to do
more and even take corrective measures where necessary.
He said that as the
Chairman of the Eastern Port Development Committee, set up by the
President,  he was confident of the
committee’s  commitment to address all
the issues raised by the freight forwarders if and when Jonathan was
re-elected.
He promised that a
maritime industry stakeholder may be considered as a member of the new committee
so as to champion the interest of the sector.
Canvassing votes
from the stakeholders for Jonathan, he described the President as a very honest
person who means well for the country.
Speaking earlier, founder of
the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) and
Chairman New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) , Dr Boniface Aniebonam had tabled
the interest of the sector, saying the it was important for the present
administration to consider more measures for the development of the sector.
 He noted that failure of the cabotage law and
the conflict between the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding of
Nigeria (CRFFN) and the Nigeria Customs Service Management Act (CEMA), stating
that the development had affected the freight forwarders.
Chairman of the
Truck Owners Association, Chief Remi Ogungbemi, on the occasion called on the
President to address the Apapa gridlock by creating a truck terminal for trucks
operating in the ports.
Ogungbemi said that
his association had identified a place where truck terminal could be built
outside the port, and called on the government to assist financially in
acquiring the property.

Other stakeholders
called for the relocation of the tank farms in Apapa because of the danger and
the traffic crisis they have created for people and businesses in the area.

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