The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) have bemoaned the overlapping functions of government agencies like Standard Organisations of Nigeria (SON) and National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration Control (NAFDAC) in quality control regulations over certain products like engine oil.
Speaking during a courtesy call on the Director General of SON, Mr Osita Aboloma, and his management team in Lagos, the Founder of NAGAFF Dr. Boniface Okechukwu Aniebonam
urged Nigerians to key into the change philosophy of the current government by shunning those bad trade practices which have adverse effects on the health and economy of the country and its people.
Dr Aniebonam said the issue of fake and sub-standard goods inflow into Nigeria poses a major threat to the well-being of Nigerians and Nigeria.
Dr Aniebonam pledged the continuous collaboration of NAGAFF with SON to ensure that the Agency succeeds in its mandate.
For his part, the Acting President of NAGAFF Chief Increase Uche said the visit was part of efforts to cement the existing relationship between the two organizations.
The NAGAFF Acting President drew the attention of the SON boss to some challenges confronting operators in the industry. These include, but not limited to, blocking of TDOs, high product registration fees and defaulting charges, overlapping of the function of SON and NAFDAC e.g. engine oil.
He therefore suggested the setting up a joint committee between SON and NAGAFF to iron out areas of frictions is imperative to enable appropriate policy direction of the DG in favour of trade.
In his speech, the DG of SON, Osita Aboloma urged practitioners in the total logistics chain industry to embrace the change philosophy of the current administration.