NAGAFF, Police strengthen relationship in interest of trade

ACP , Area 'B', Julius Okoro with the Founder of NAGAFF, Chief Boniface Aniebonam at the NAGAFF village when the Area Commander paid a courtesy visit to the association

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) and the Nigeria Police, Area ‘B’ Command, Apapa, have agreed to maintain cordial relationship to avoid unnecessary hindrance to trade.

The agreement was reached when the Area Commander, Mr Julius Okoro, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, paid a courtesy visit to the NAGAFF Village in Apapa.

Mr Fred Akokhia, the Legal Adviser of NAGAFF, commended the ACP for the visit and requested that he operates an open door policy to enable the public reach him easily.

Akokhia also requested the Area ‘B’ Commander to embrace alternative dispute resolution mechanism in case of any misunderstanding between the Police and members of the association.

He, however, noted that much as the association wanted a cordial relationship with the police, it would also ensure that obedience to the law was maintained by all members.

Responding, the Commander promised to maintain a cordial relationship with NAGAFF, as a way to help promote trade.

He said he would maintain his work strategy that helped to clear Apapa of its traffic gridlock, which at a time, frustrated residents and business owners from the area.

He said, “The NAGAFF mission is clear to me and we are happy to relate with you, and our doors are open to you.

“We have been able to tackle the traffic gridlock challenge to enable easy movement. Therefore, all those who ran away because of the traffic situation before should come back to Apapa.

“My job here is to service the community and will not tolerate any illegality by any officer to unduly detain any container.”

The Area Commander said he had continued to educate his officers on the need to be civil with members of the public and to also maintain good relationships with the business community.

Speaking, Founder of NAGAFF, Chief Boniface Aniebonam, said the association had always enjoyed a healthy relationship with the police and hopes it continues.

He said NAGAFF members would remain law abiding in the course of their doing business, even as the association continues on its anti-corruption crusade.

“You are aware of our anti-corruption crusade, and there is no going back on it. Corruption has denied us of so many things, but we must continue to fight it.

“We understand and appreciate the job of the Police and we crave responsible partnership,” Aniebonam said.

He emphasised that the relationship must be maintained based on obedience to the law.
He advised that the police should not be seen to be doing customs duties, though it had right to investigate any issue.

He urged the Area Commander to continue to educate and enlighten his officers as the association would not accept any abuse of power.