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.