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FG Authorized Quarantine Agency To Resume Ports Export Certification Duties



Ports FG Nigeria resume Quarantine

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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NIMC Calls for Reduced Public Panic





The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on Thursday said that there is no cause for panic regarding the two weeks deadline for deactivation of subscribers identity module (sim) cards that are not linked with users’ national identity number (NIN).

The Commission explained that adequate arrangements have been made to capture the data of 200 million Nigerians within the next five years.

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It added that the steps taken so far to ensure that all subscribers have NIN in their sim cards are meant to address the security challenges facing the country.

The Commission also said the telecommunications operators would be involved in the exercise.

The Spokesman of NIMC,  Kayode Adegoke said that government has approved licensing of over 200 institutions to carry out “enrolment of Nigerians and legal residents into the national identity database on behalf of the national identity management commission.”

Adegoke said the initiative was aimed at addressing the bottlenecks associated with the capturing of citizens data by NIMC.

He added that the method would increase the enrolment centres from the current 1,000 to 10,000 across the country.

He said the NIMC is desirous of scaling up its assignment to regulatory functions after the completion of the exercise.

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FCTA Set to Implement Minimum Wage for FCT Workers




The Federal capital territory administration, says it will implement the national minimum wage for workers in the territory to avert another strike.

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Hajia Ramatu Aliyu, FCT minister of state, disclosed this in a statement issued by her special assistant on media, Austin Elemue, on Tuesday in Abuja.

She noted that immediately after the two unions threatened to embark on the strike, the administration engaged all stakeholders with a view to finding a solution to the problem.

According to her, this led to the constitution of a multi-stakeholder ministerial committee on the implementation of the new national minimum wage in area councils and local education authorities of the six area councils.

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Fuel Price Hike: FG to Support Marketers on Petrol Import




The Federal government says it will make the dollar accessible to oil marketers in order to make the importation of petrol into Nigeria competitive and help reduce the commodity’s rising cost.

This was disclosed during a meeting between oil marketers and officials of the federal ministry of finance on the need to make the foreign exchange available for petrol imports.

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This move according to marketers, would halt the current monopoly in the importation of petrol.

The National president, Independent Petroleum Marketers’ Association of Nigeria, Chinedu Okonkwo, told journalists on Monday that petroleum product dealers would start importing petrol soon.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has been the major importer of petrol for more than two years while other players in the downstream oil business purchase the product from NNPC to dispense in their retail outlets.

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