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FG Authorized Quarantine Agency To Resume Ports Export Certification Duties

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FG Authorized Quarantine Agency To Resume Ports Export Certification Duties

 

Resume ports export certification duties at all ports immediately, Federal Government authorized the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service.

Ministries, departments, and Agencies as well as state governments to cooperate with the quarantine service agency to resume. This was said by Vincent Isegbe, the Director-General, NAQS, and the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

He said that it would enable a well-choreographed restoration of export traffic for the advantages of all citizens of Nigeria.

The Head, Media, Communications and Strategies, NAQS, Gozie Nwodo, disclosed in a statement issued on Abuja on Friday.

The export of agriculture produce would pick up and gather pace, the agencies boss noted that based on these directives.

The recent lockdown by the Federal Government that was announced as part of the strategy to contain the spread of coronavirus occasioned a hiatus in the agricultural value chain.

It made almost all states in Nigeria to implement one form of curfew or the other, coupled with the ban on interstate transportation, as well as institutional and logistical barricades that blocked human and vehicular movements.

This situation made the passage of agricultural commodities from the remote production hotspots to the ports difficult.

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To address the situation, Isegbe noted that the Federal Government had to grant the NAQS authorization to allow agro-exports to begin again so as to free all functions related to agricultural export from any encumbrance.

He said the Nigeria Customs Service, the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company, Skyway Aviation Handling Company, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, the Federal Road Safety Commission, the Vehicle Inspection Office, the Nigerian Police Force, and other security agencies were now under obligation to work with NAQS to restart agricultural export.

Isegbe said producer and transit state governments were expected to grant the right to free passage to the consignments along corridors that had been mapped by NAQS under the best logistics-support arrangement.

He called on all relevant entities in the agricultural export environment to play their respective parts to foster the return of business to normal.

He pointed out that agricultural export accounts for the lion’s share of Nigeria’s non-oil export performance.

The DG stated that: “Given the nosedive of crude prices, the spike of job losses in all continents and the slump of the global economy, it has never been more critical for Nigerian agricultural export to stand to its full height as one of the twin pillars of the Nigerian economy.”

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Maritime Workers Union Threatens to Embark On Strike Action

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Maritime Workers Union Threatens to Embark On Strike Action

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria has identified four shipping companies responsible for the gridlock caused by heavy duty trucks on Oshodi-Apapa expressway.

The union specifically accused the companies of deliberately keeping their trucks and their containers as means of attracting demurrage payment daily from their already overburdened members, truck owners and their drivers.

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A statement on Sunday evening by the President-General of the Union, Adewale Adeyanju, the union issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Federal government and Lagos state government within which they should call the companies to order.

The Union threatened to embark on industrial action to protect its members, should the government fail to address their demands.

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Buhari Commissions Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri Rail Line

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President Muhammadu Buhari has commissioned the 326-kilometre Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail line and Railway Ancillary Facility Yard at Goodluck Jonathan Railway Complex, in Owa-Oyibu, Ika North East Local Government Area, Delta State.

President Buhari  In a virtual inauguration of the rail line On Tuesday, directed the Federal Ministry of Transportation to link all the nation’s seaports of origin and destination to the rail network in order to significantly improve the nation’s overall transportation capacities.

He added that his administration recognizes the importance of the railway mode of transportation as a an important support for industrialization and economic development.

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“I have approved the prioritization of viable railway routes for either new rail lines or the reconstruction and rehabilitation of some, to achieve effective and efficient train services supporting the country’s trade and commerce.

“The railway infrastructure that I have the honour to commission today is the rail line from Itakpe via the steel town complex of Ajaokuta to Warri, and it is an important link for the country’s economy as the central rail line.

“We have also approved linking this line further from Itakpe to Abuja, thereby connecting the Northern zones of the country and also extending southwards to link the Warri Ports,” Buhari said.

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NLC Gives FG 14 Day Ultimatum to Review Electricity and Petrol Price Hike

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has given the Federal Government a 14-day ultimatum to reverse the recent hike in electricity tariff and fuel price.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has given the Federal Government a 14-day ultimatum to reverse the recent hike in electricity tariff and fuel price.

The President of the Nigeria Labour congress, Ayuba Wabba, while addressing the press at the end of the body’s Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Wednesday in Abuja, noted that Nigerians were disappointed in the increment of both items by the government.

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Wabba said that the CWC meeting focused on the two challenges and solutions to them while assuring Nigerians that it would also mobilize its members, civil society allies and other social partners to try to resist the policies.

“We are surprised that at a time other countries across the world are giving palliatives to their citizens to cushion the effect of COVID-19, Nigerians are asked to pay more for fuel and electricity.

“In furtherance to this, the CWC also resolved to convene a meeting of the NEC in line with our constitution, on Sept. 22, 2020.

“This is to also give effect to the decision because the proposed action will commence on Monday, September 28, 2020 `if the issues are not addressed,’’ he said.

He added that the declining economic power was evident among many as the N30,000 minimum wage could is not sufficient for many workers and their families hence the ultimatum.

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