Son And Key Stakeholders Collaborate To Stamp-Out False Declaration
In a bid to stem the influx of sub-standard goods into Nigeria and the malaise of false, Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) and other stakeholders like the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) and Association of Nigerian of Nigerian Customs License Agents (ANALCA) have pledged their commitment towards ensuring that the importation of sub-standard goods and the spate of false declaration of goods are stamped-out for stamped-out for good.
Speaking during the one-day stakeholder’s forum last week, in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. The Vice President, ANLCA, Dr. Kayode Farinto, said: ‘‘we are going to say no to clearing of substandard goods. For instance, if your bill of lading is containing fridges and at the point of examination, we realize it is not carrying fridges.
‘‘It is my responsibility as a patriotic citizen to invite SON to show that the consignment does not meet the specifications or guidelines despite having SONCAP. This is the only way we can stamp out substandard products in our society.’’
Also speaking at the event, the president, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Mr. Increase Uche, added that combating the preponderance of fake and substandard goods cannot be achieved without the support of all stakeholders, pointing out that cooperation must be established between SON and other government agencies, greater cooperation between the agency, freight forwarders and the importing public.
In an initial remark, the Director-General, SON, Osita Aboloma, stated that there was no better way to sensitize the industry than to collaborate with key players who have direct dealings with the importers.
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