Tin Can AREFFN appoints new executives

The Tin Can Island  chapter of Association of Registered Freight Forwarders (AREFFN), has appointed new executives to strengthen the effectiveness and capacity development of its members.

Addressing the newly appointed executive members at the association's national secretariat in Lagos on Thursday, the National Secretary, AREFFN, Mr. Frank Obiekezie, charged  members of the association to embrace capacity building and development through adequate training and retraining on the practice of the freight forwarding profession.

According to Obiekezie, adequate knowledge will enhance well informed and accurate engagement with the Customs on trade facilitation, adding that capacity building was paramount for every member of the association. 

The National Secretary informed that the association overtime has noted the ineffectiveness of some chapters which necessitated the leadership's action to  restructure them for effective operational activities at the ports.

Obiekezie charged the new executives to inject fresh ideas and innovation to the association for effective performance while noting that AREFFN is not contesting with other associations in the freight forwarding sub sector.

He stated that if the chapters are strong  the National level will also be strong, saying that it was  noticed that some of the executives are not living up to expectations, hence the decision to restructure the leaderships of the chapters.

 He hinted that they started with KLT chapter a week ago and now at Tin Can. 

"This is a moving train and after Tin Can we are likely to also move to Apapa chapter. This is to promote the effectiveness of the association. We want to make sure that by February next year, we have not less than four functioning and active chapters."

He charged the newly elected executives to discharge their duties diligently for the good of all the members of the association.

"It is a call to service. You are to inject fresh ideas and innovation to the association through capacity building for effective performance. 

"AREFFN is a registered association and accredited body under the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding In Nigeria (CRFFN ) and must be making impact by training its members. Shun violence or any form of fighting. AREFFN is not competing or fighting with other freight forwarding associations," he stated.

In his acceptance speech, the newly appointed Tin Can Chapter Chairman, Mr. Chinedu Ukachukwu appreciated the leadership of the association for the confidence reposed in them to pilot the affairs of the association at Tin Can Chapter, promising to embark on training and retraining of members at the chapter level.

He also promised to regularly engage Customs and other stakeholders for the promotion of international trade and the interest of its members.

"On behalf of my executives we promise to deliver and with cooperation of our members, we would take AREFFN to greater heights", the new chairman promised.

The newly appointees for the chapter, include: Chinedu Ukachukwu as Chairman, Abdullahi Namama as Vice Chairman, Oke Ucheya as Secretary and Musa Gbadamosi as Public Relations Officer, Charles Nnaji as Treasurer, Etta Ekpeyong as Woman Leader,  Odushola Justina as Welfare Officer and Margaret Ego Eberechukwu as Welfare Officer 2.

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