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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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Plateau begins trial of 300 suspected looters

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The Plateau State Government on Wednesday begun the prosecution of over 300 suspected looters and arsonists in the state.
They were accused of looting, criminal trespass and inciting public disturbance, among other charges.
The suspects, who had been in military and police detention after they were arrested in different parts of Jos and the Bukuru metropolis between Saturday and Sunday, were moved to the Bassa Local Government Area on Wednesday for arraignment.

The defendants were arraigned one after the other at Jebbu Bassa Area Court before several judges including Justices N S Dashe, Adar Roseline Baraje, and L B Longs as well as Lawal Sulaiman, among others.

In all the cases brought before the judges, the prosecutors from the state Ministry of Justice told the court that the accused persons committed the offences against the state and should be prosecuted according to the law.
The defence counsels, however, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy for the accused persons, particularly as they were first offenders.
The defence counsels also pleaded for short sentencing with an option of fine after their clients pleaded guilty to the offences.

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Nigeria Customs office adamawa Under attack by hoodlums

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Suspected Hoodlums, on Monday, looted Adamawa Custom Office, the eye witness said hoodlums where seen in their numbers breaking anything that stand in their way, carting away consumable and non-consumable items.

 

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NBC Fines Channels, AIT, Arise TV Over #EndSARS Coverage

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The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has sanctioned Africa Independent Television, AIT, Arise Television, and Channels Television for what it called a gross violation of the broadcast code, top of which is the use of unverifiable online video footages on social media.

The sanction, according to the Acting Director-General of the Commission, Armstrong Idachaba, will be a fine not less than two million Naira.

He warned that this will be the last warning before a heavier sanction will be introduced.

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