*** Highlights Lessons From Election
The Management of Platforms Communications has congratulated Princess Chi Ezeh, Chief Uche Increase and others for emerging victorious in the just concluded Governing Council election of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) held recently across the country.
In a press statement signed by Mr Sylvanus Obasi, Chief Executive Officer of Platforms Communications, the front-line maritime journalist maintained that Princess Chi Ezeh’s landslide victory with 224 votes, the highest polled by any single candidate in the election shows that freight forwarders voted massively for her.
However, he pointed out that being the only woman in the 15-member Governing Council seat of CRFFN still shows that freight forwarders and their associations in Nigeria are yet to give 35% affirmative action to women in elective positions as recommended by the United Nations.
“It also goes to show that more women are needed in the freight forwarding profession in Nigeria. In view of this, our gender advocacy brand, Face Of Maritime International would work with Princess Chi Ezeh to ensure that at least 4 women are elected into the 15-member Governing Council seats of CRFFN in the next election”, he said.
“On the other hand, Platforms Communications also heartily felicitates with Chief Uche Increase, the Former President of National Association of Government Approved Forwarders (NAGAFF) for securing a seat at the Council as an independent candidate despite all the hurdles.
“Uche’s electoral victory as an independent candidate is a pointer to two facts, namely: a. That he is still very much popular amongst freight forwarders despite being ostracized from NAGAFF by the association’s Founder.
b. That Independent candidacy has come to stay in CRFFN elections going forward.
“Since Uche Increase was ostracized from NAGAFF by the association’s Founder, because he supported independent candidacy in the election, yet he stood his ground for what he believes and eventually won a seat as an independent candidate with 121 votes, even higher than 110 votes that the current President of NAGAFF garnered to also secure a seat in that same election. This means that Uche’s victory will open more doors for more independent candidates in the next election.
“At Platforms Communications, we believe that the more competitive the election is both at gender based levels, associations and independent candidacy levels, the more the quality of candidates that will occupy the Governing Council seats and the better for CRFFN and the generality of freight forwarders in Nigeria.
“For all other winners and losers in the election, we congratulate you all for being gallant in victory and in defeat respectively, especially our own Hajia Bola Muse for giving a good fight in the polls”, he posited.