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APFFLON’s Unfair Criticism Of NAFDAC

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APFFLON’s Unfair Criticism Of NAFDAC

I read with dismay a recent article by the Association of Professional  Freight Forwarders and Logistics of Nigeria (APFFLON) in an online news media platform with the title “APFFLON Berates NAFDAC Mode of Operation” and wish to respond because the allegations are baseless falsehood meant to discredit  NAFDAC  and her efforts to improve service delivery to stakeholders.

The contents of the publication, especially with regards to the comments made by the National President of APFFLON, Otunba Frank Ogunojemite are concocted falsehood carefully scripted to fight back the anti-corruption system being put in place by NAFDAC management and to also mislead the general public on the new full ‘end-to-end’ online processing of the clearance of NAFDAC regulated products at the various airports, seaports and land borders.

In the past, importers and clearing agents were made to physically move from one NAFDAC office to the other in order to process the clearance of their goods at the ports but with the appointment of its current Director-General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, we have since fast-tracked the implementation of electronic processing of the clearance of goods at the ports from the issuance of licenses to the release of imported products at the ports.

Prof. Moji Adeyeye of APFFLON mandated that all processes within NAFDAC should move from the previous inefficient manual processing to the online system of doing transactions in line with the federal government’s desire to greatly improve the ease of doing business in Nigeria. Machinery was therefore put in place to deploy a fully automated and computerized system for goods clearance at the ports.

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The full automated system was deployed in 2017 with an identified group of low risk importers and clearing agents who used the system for the clearance of their goods at the ports. This enabled them to clear their consignments without visiting the offices of NAFDAC except when invited for meetings.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to enforce social distancing, NAFDAC reduced the online clearing system to a very simple process of submission and processing of documentation and release. Importers and clearing agents were asked to only fill four (4) fields and attach all relevant documents as provided by the guidelines for clearance of goods at the ports. For clarity, they are only required to input the following: Email address for receipt of confirmatory token and transaction notifications;  Port office; SGD Number; SGD Date and then attach all their clearing documents. These simple steps were greatly commended by sincere stakeholders who were amazed that processing of documentation and clearance of goods could be simplified to just five steps.

This system therefore put an end to the previous situation where importers and clearing agents crowded NAFDAC offices requesting for services. Currently, the only place where a client sees a NAFDAC official is at the point of physical inspection of imported goods at the ports and/or importer warehouses which for obvious reasons must take place.

The benefits of this system are numerous but we would limit them to the following:  Ability to process documentation and clearance of NAFDAC regulated products at the ports from the comfort of offices and homes using smartphones, tablets and computer systems; ability to submit the request on the online platform around the clock with NAFDAC officials processing them on-duty, off-duty, day and night.

Without mincing words, NAFDAC officials are working round the clock to process transactions submitted at any time and this can be attested to by importers and clearing agents.

Othe benefits include the elimination of person to person contact between clients and staff reducing the tendency to compromise officials during cases of non-compliance. Provision of document verification and authentication system and pictorial display of inspection and inspected product packaging and labeling. This is one intervention that is annoying unscrupulous agents who are yet to come to terms with the anti-corruption system inputted into the platform.

Also to note is the efficient tracking system for transaction clearance with the corresponding customer-friendly service by NAFDAC officers that enable clients to check the status of their requests;  transmission of Email Notification of Progress of completed processes directly to clients’ emails at the following stages; submission of requests;  issuance of NAFDAC electronic Invoices Issuance of NAFDAC electronic Receipts Issuance of Queries and Compliance Directives.

Others are, issuance of Endorsement Notification for physical inspection at ports or importer warehouse; issuance of Consignment Release Notification; Auto-generated Release Notices with Release codes and QR codes that can be verified by the Nigeria Customs Service and Importers using the website and QR code technology respectively. This is specially developed to eliminate the previous scenario where some unscrupulous clearing agents fake NAFDAC Invoices, Receipts and stamps and present the same to Importers and the Customs.

In response to APFFLON claim,  all consignment that requires NAFDAC authorization before clearance at the ports, it is now online. Besides, it is posing a lot of problems to access the website let alone process the platform for the first and second stamping, of which, if not completed the person will not be able to pay customs duty, meaning that freight forwarders would have to keep paying rent to terminals until the issue is resolved.

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NCDC – 626 New Cases of Coronavirus Confirmed In Nigeria

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NCDC – 626 New Cases of Coronavirus Confirmed In Nigeria

Nigeria on Thursday, July 2, recorded 626 new cases of Coronavirus as confirmed in a tweet shared by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). 

 

A breakdown of the new cases across different states in the country is as follows; Lagos-193, FCT-85, Oyo-41, Edo-38, Kwara-34, Abia-31, Ogun-29, Ondo-28, Rivers-26, Osun-21, Akwa Ibom-18, Delta-18, Enugu-15, Kaduna-13, Plateau-11, Borno-8, Bauchi-7, Adamawa-5, Gombe-4, Sokoto-1.

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As at July 2, there are 27,110 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the country. 10,801 patients have been discharged and 616 deaths has been recorded.

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193 Almajiria Test Positive For COVID-19 In Kano State

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193 Almajiria Test Positive For COVID-19 In Kano State

A total of 193 Almajiris in Kano State have so far tested positive to COVID 19, according to the Kano state government.

Speaking at the COVID-19 press briefing held, Thursday, July 2, Kano State Commissioner of Education, Sanusi Mohammed Kiru disclosed that a total of 1860 persons were quarantined in three locations in the state, out of which 193 of them tested positive.

 

Sanusi who is also the head of the state government’s committee on the rehabilitation of almajiris, explained that 86 of them tested positive at Gabasawa Quarantine camp, 68 tested positive in Karaye while 38 tested positive in Kiru.

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He expressed happiness at the initiative to isolate the almajiris in the state, adding that state efforts at tackling the dreaded disease would have been worse off if they were allowed to continue to spread the disease in these communities.

 

He recalled that so far the state has repatriated a total of 1183 Almajirs to the rest of the states in the region such as Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Gombe, Bauchi, Kebbi, and Zamfara States in line with the decision of the Northern Governors forum to end street begging in the region.

 

He further disclosed that the state government had established three almajiri boarding schools for the immediate admission of the Almajiris of Kano State orIgin, saying that these schools are located in Bunkure, Bagwai and Madobi Local Government Areas.

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President Buhari Suspends NSITF Boss, Others

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President Buhari Suspends NSITF Boss, Others

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate and indefinite suspension from Office of the Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Mr Adebayo Somefun.

Sen Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, in a statement by Charles Akpan of the Press and Public Relations in the ministry, named other officers suspended to include Jasper Ikedi-Azuatalam, Executive Director (ED), Finance and Investment, and Mrs Olukemi Nelson, ED, Operations.

Also suspended are Alhaji Tijani Darazo Sulaiman, ED, Administration, Mr Olusegun Olumide-Bashorun, General Manager, Administration/Human Resources/Maintenance, and Mr Lawan Tahir, General Manager, Finance.

Others asked to go are Mr Chris Esedebe, General Manager, Claims and Compensation, Mr Olodotun Adegbite, Deputy General Manager, Investment and Treasury Management, and Mr Emmanuel Enyinnaya-Sike, Deputy General Manager, Finance and Accounts.

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The statement also named Mrs Olutoyin Arokoyo, Deputy General Manager/Acting Head, Legal, Ms. Dorathy Zajeme-Tukura, Deputy General Manager, Administration, and Mrs Victoria Ayantuga, Assistant General Manager, Internal Audit.

The minister said that their suspension from office arose from the “preliminarily established prima facie infractions on the extant Financial Regulations and Procurement Act, and other acts of gross misconduct”.

“During the period of their suspension, the officers will face a Joint Board and Audit Investigative Panel that had been set up to look into the financial and procurement breaches, as well as gross misconduct in the NSITF from 2016 to date.

“The gross misconduct has invariably put the contributions of stakeholders in a perilous state. The affected officers have also been directed to hand over to the most senior officers in their respective departments,” the statement said.

It quoted Ngige as specifically directing that Dr Kelly Nwagha, General Manager. Health, Safety and Environment Department, to assume the position of Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, being the most senior General Manager in the organisation.

It said that officers assuming the new positions would take charge from Monday, July 6, 2020, until further notice.

Ngige charged the Chairman of the Board, Mr Austin Enajemo Isire, to ensure that the investigative panel commenced work as soon as possible.

He also charged him to ensure that the Board facilitated the smooth running of the Fund by creating the enabling environment and all the necessary staff adjustments and movements, in order to guarantee that services by staff to the contributors were not affected.

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The African Union and Africa CDC will virtually rollout the Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT) in Africa tomorrow 4 June, 2020 at 11.00 am Eastern Africa Time.

The African Union and Africa CDC will virtually rollout the Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT) in Africa tomorrow 4 June, 2020 at 11.00 am Eastern Africa Time.

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