NAGAFF Courtesy visit:  SON DG solicits for synergy to tackle substandard products

Victoria Hanson
The Director General of Standard Organization Of Nigeria (SON), Dr.  Osita Aboloma  has appealed for strong synergy with the National Association of Government Approved Freight  Forwarders ( NAGAFF) in order to aid tackling substandard products from the country.

Aboloma  who made the appeal when the Association paid him a courtesy visit at SON Headquarters Lagos, bemoaned that there is high rates of substandard products all over the country, such as break parts, tyres among other vital products.  These, according to him have become a matter of concern to the people as well as the organization.

While commending NAGAFF for cooperation, the DG however stressed the need for improvement due to the present Nigerian situation which is recession.
He made known that the government was striving harder to ensure that enabling environment is created for business importation and to prevent substandard products from coming into the country.
Due to enormous challenges, the SON boss hinted that they are working hand in hand with the government to manufacture Nigeria out of recession without compromise and will continue to reach out to their partners for progress.
He called on NAGAFF to exhibit good examples as the back bone of clearing of cargoes in Nigeria, even as he advised them to extend their mutual relationship to Manufacturers Association Of Nigeria ( MAN ) and other relevant agencies.
“let’s help in changing the face of  Nigeria, change must begin with us. Try to draw the government’s attention to illegal actions. Sanity is really needed in the ports. There must also be safety on what we consume before placing prosperity as this will bring in progress to the nation” he noted.
The DG who assured them strong partnership and mutual relationship therefore urged them to also participate in their e- clarification.
Speaking on the aim of their visit, the Acting President of NAGAFF , Mr Increase Uche said the visit was to further strengthen their existing mutual relationship.
Uche who outlined their achievements in the association among their members to include education of freight forwarders, setting up of Academy in NAGAFF village and other training of members appealed to the Director General of SON  to set up a working committee between SON and NAGAFF to address the issues of over log in the ports, compromising of escort arrangements by officers of SON and locking of TDO of non – compliance and compliance of containers in the ports.
Responding to newsmen shortly after the visit, the founder of National Association Of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) said that committee have been set up which would address the issue of non – compliance in the ports as this would aid them to achieve goals.
Aniebonam pointed out that the committee which would soon commence is to provide the DG with working documents for direction.
“ what we have seen in the ports is the attitude of some stakeholders in the area of non – compliance to regulations. Issues of unrestriction of  imports is not really adding value. But we can tackle this issues properly with SON through information sharing, encouraging our partnership with SON and also encourage those who are legitimately doing business, we need to bring them out as well as making necessary recommendations, and those who are not inline with compliance memo will be dropped”. NAGAFF boss added.
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