By Ambrose Obioma Okehi
The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has started championing for a suitable replacement for Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi as the Minister of Transportation pending when he leaves office.
The group is saying that the industry is no longer interested in having non-professionals occupying such sensitive positions.
The association noted that Barr. Hassan Bello, who is about retiring from active service from the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), where he is presently as it’s Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Accordong to one of the foremost and biggest frieght forwarding association, it is no longer news that Barr. Hassan Bello is eaving the NIGERIA ‘Shippers COUNCIL in the next lwo weeks having served his term It is also not in doubt that Hassan Bello is the most productive Chief Executive Officer ‘of the GOVERNMENT of the Federaton deployed at the Maritime transport and cargo administration in NIGERIA.
They group further noted that Barr Hassan Bello is not only a bundle of humility in service he is competent and professionally endowed in his area of primary assignment. Therefore it shall be strategic on the part of NAGAFF from it vantage position to suggest to the HON MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION, HON ROTIMI AMAECHI that BARR HASSAN BELLO is the most appropriate and qualified professional person to take after him and continue with the level of positive impact he has made in the TRANSPORTATION Ministry This simply means that he is well Positioned to advise Mr PRESIDENT in that regard whenever his tenure ts ended as the Minister of transport
The association said in a Statwment it issued recently on the matter that: “NAGAFF is highly concemed over who becomes the Hon Minister of transport We are concemed because we need a professional Transportation Minister who is knowledgeable in ports administration and management We need a TRANSPORTAT ON minister who 18 conversant with Ports operations and sence delivery We want a TRANSPORTATON Minister who understands cargo admunistraton FRE GHT FORWARDING practices and logistics services We want a TRANSPORTATION Minister who unde stands that corruption ts an enemy of NIGERIA. We want a TRANSPORTATION minister who can bridge the existing gap between the Finance Minisiry and TRANSPORTATION in-retation to formulation of traded goods fiscal policies and Customs facitauon,
“We need a TRANSPORTAT ON Minster who can rejig CRFFN to serve its purpose and bridge the avoidable circumstances around the Customs and CRFFN Act. This is because there is a suspected fear of the unknown ..”, the association pointed out.