The National President, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Fwdr Tochukwu Ezeisi has urged freight forwarders and maritime practitioners in general to be united in purpose towards achieving a better maritime sector in Nigeria.
Ezeisi stated this in his Special Easter Message, a copy of which was made available to Platform Reporters.
He said: Fellow Practitioners and Stakeholders in the International Trade, Security and Supply Chain Management. I join the Universal Church and the rest of humanity to commemorate this year’s Easter, while desiring that the essence of this spiritual feat will usher in an unbroken light that will continue to shine beyond human comprehension and succor to mankind.
2. May I reinstate that, as a Christian, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, remains the epi-centre and spiritual values of every believer. Wherefore, let us be renewed in our mind, be positive and resolute that the impediments that has limited Industry growth will give way, it is all about our commitment to set goals.
3. It is pertinent to posit that, the best form of celebration is for us to emulate and demonstrate the love of God to mankind which the Easter season promotes, to this extends , we must aspire to give hope and a new lease of life to our fellow beings beyond the Industry. Equally, we must come together as a people of common destiny of nationhood to overcome the multifaceted challenges that confronts us individually, collectively and our Industry in general.
4. Going forward, may I also employ all faithful irrespective of religious inclinations to fervently pray and intercede for our country to overcome its present challenges of tribalism, insecurity, economic down turn, unemployment, corruption, labour problems and poor governance which has subjected the greater numbers to abject poverty and defenselessness.
5. Knowing that, we don’t have monopoly of our lives, it behooves on us to hopefully and squarely confront such salient obstacles facing us, ranging from: primordial considerations for appointments, lack of fiscal federalism, lack of intellectual vigor and discipline in our citadels of learning, primitive acquisition of wealth by public officers and value distortions , I trust that, with our forthrightness and prayers, we will turn things around for the good of all.
6. May I seize this occasion to reassure the Freight Forwarding practitioners, that Nagaff will continue as part of our mission statement of “ushering professional Freight Forwarding practices in the Nigeria international frontiers” will embrace constructive engagements, dialogue, consultation and effective communication as a tool to drive its public policy advocacy aimed at addressing the myriad of challenges confronting our port industry value adding supply chain.
7. Pursuance to this obligations, collectively we will not relent in calling for good governance and accountability in our country, especially. amongst the relevant agencies of the government in the Maritime Industry . Adherence to the rules of engagements should be all encompassing.
8. Finally, believing that our Christian brothers and sisters have all been re-invigorated by the inherent graces and internalized the lessons of the Easter season and I also wish our Muslim brothers and sisters a successful Ramadan period, while urging them to pray for the wellness of our industry and the unity and peace of our dear nation.
9. The lessons of Easter, impel us to live by examples and strive at all times to lighten the world by being homilies of sorts by our words and deeds.
10. Having said these, I wish the Maritime Industry stakeholders, especially the Freight Forwarding practitioners a happy Easter celebrations and pray for the abiding love of God to abide with us, always.
11. Happy Easter and may God bless Nigeria, the Freight Forwarding profession in particularly and the Maritime Industry in general.