The leadership of National Association of Governement Approved Freight Forwarders ( NAGAFF) has denied being involved in a planned protest against customs strike force as revealed by its Tincan Island Chapter Public Relations Officer, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwosu in his media interview.
In a press statement sent to Platform Reporters on Tuesday which is entitled, RE: PLANNED PROTEST BY NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENT APPROVED FREIGHT FORWARDERS IN APAPA, LAGOS STATE, the association denied knowledge of the planned protest and disassociated itself from the purported planned protest.
NAGAFF’s press statement read in full as follows:
“The attention of the Headquarters of the National Association of
Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), has been drawn to the
purported planned protest through a press interview credited to Godfery
Chukwuemeka Nwosu, the Secretary of the Tincan Island Chapter of NAGAFF,
against the Operatives of the Strike Force and Federal Operations’ Units
of the Nigeria Customs Service.
“NAGAFF is a professional Association of decent Practitioners who are duty
bound to carry out their businesses under strict ethical standards as laid
down by our code of professional ethics and bye-laws. We have a long
standing and audited record of respect for constituted authorities in the
Industry. Our Association also attaches great importance on the need to
actualize the policy thrust of the government and would not descend to the
level of carrying out an act that could lead to the breach of the public
“Recall also that our National Headquarters had in reaction to the
interview granted by Godfrey Nwosu on the same matter without
authorization and subsequently, a query was issued to him to explain the
rationale of his action which was in violation of NAGAFF rules of
“By this letter, we wish to state clearly that the said publication did not
emanate from the Headquarters of NAGAFF; hence we had before now
dissociated our Association from the alleged planned protest and do not
wish there is anymore cause to take the publication serious. It is also
pertinent to inform you that NAGAFF and the Nigeria Customs management has
a long standing responsible partnership that trickles from the CGC’s
office down to the Area Controllers at the Commands.
“Remarkably, the Tincan Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has
remained revolutionary with the flair to ensure psustainable best
practices in Customs operations in line with the actualization of the
Presidential mandate to the CGC to reform, restructure and enhance revenue
functions of the Service.
“The Secretary of NAGAFF Tincan Island Chapter, Godfrey Nwosu violated the
laid down code of professional ethics of members of our Association. We
also regret the embarrassment this action may have caused the management
of the Nigeria Customs Service. It is quite unfortunate that such incident
occurred when every stakeholder should be seen to be patriotic by joining
hands to support the ongoing reforms of the federal government,
particularly the ease of doing business policy reform.
“We wish to assure you that the management of NAGAFF shall invoke the
relevant sections of her statutes to ensure that appropriate sanctions are
delivered to Emeka Nwosu accordingly.
While we appreciate the quick response of the SGF to the publication which
indeed has no consequence to the peace at the Ports, kindly accept as
always the assurances of our esteemed regards.
CHIEF INCREASE O. UCHE, RFF
CC: The Hon. Minister, Federal Government of Labour & Employment Abuja
The Comptroller General of Customs
The Zonal Coordinator, Nigeria Customs Service, Zone A Lagos
The Customs Area Controller, Tincan Island Port