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Again, Chidi Opara Writes CRFFN on Crash Study Programme

CRFFN, Its Crash Study Programme And Notions Of Knowledge:

By Chidi Anthony Opara, RFF, FIIM

It is rather embarrassing that the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) is still promoting its crash study programme as a requirement for entry into the freight forwarding Profession, even for practitioners fully registered years ago, Practicing and paying annual membership dues to CRFFN.

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It is surprising also that CRFFN is not seriously thinking of enabling a compulsory continuous professional development programme soonest, in which its fully registered practitioners must participate in and garner prescribed points to enable them continue to practice and also enable a professional study programme for new entrants.

The problem, according to my research is that CRFFN and its certificate wielding “Consultants” exhibit notions of knowledge (not knowledge).

They would readily opine that the crash programme is FIATA approved, they forget that FIATA or any other such organization acts on information made available to it. In any case, can’t CRFFN separate the entry requirement and the compulsory continuous development programme, go back and present the two to FIATA for approval? This is first of all the conventional practice all over the civilized world.

CRFFN registers persons who are not even averagely good in spoken and written English language and at the same time threatens to deregister those who did not participate in the crash study programme conducted in English language. How the heck does CRFFN intends to instruct these persons who must undergo the crash programme to remain registered? Or are they planning to just register and later deregister them?


By the way, where would they find the authority to deregister fully registered practitioners who didn’t commit Professional misconducts? In the CRFFN establishment act? Where? They must be erroneously thinking that Regulations that are at variance with the act would fly.

CRFFN as a regulator should consult widely, listen more and talk less.

Thank you all for your time.

(Opara is a former member of CRFFN’s Freight Forwarders Consultative Forum and Founder/Publisher, www.publicinformationprojects.org).

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