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NAGAFF blames regulatory agencies for influx of substandard, fake products into Nigeria

Founder of  NAGAFF, Chief Boniface Aniebonam

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has
urged President Muhammadu Buhari to address the issue of fake and substandard
products flooding Nigerian markets.

letter signed by NAGAFF’s Secretary General, Dr. Arthue Igwilo, addressed to
President Buhari, faulted various regulatory agencies as being deficient in
their responsibilities to protect the nation from being a dumping ground for
substandard products.

the challenge of fake and substandard products in the country as one with dire
consequences on the well-being of Nigerians, the association urged the
President to immediately check the trend.

association said it was disheartening to hear reports of avoidable catastrophe
befalling the masses as a result of such harmful imported products that are
either consumable, structures developed with fake or substandard materials.

NAGAFF acknowledged government’s effort in establishing
agencies such as the Nigeria Customs Service, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council,
the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Nigeria Quarantine Service, NAFDAC and others,
to protect the nation’s consuming public.

It, however, expressed concerns as to how substandard and
fake products still penetrated the borders in spite of all the agencies at the
entry points, and with enough ‘safety valves’ inserted into the statutes
establishing them to protect the consuming public.  

The association said the agencies allowed whatever loopholes
to take its toll because they were more interested in their revenue generation
roles above the responsibility to ensure quality control for the health and
safety of Nigerians.

 NAGAFF alleged that
these agencies of government had been compromised in the line of duty and would
rather compete among themselves to outdo one another in revenue generation.

association also said that officials of these agencies and the trading public
were usually left in a confused state as a result of unstable policies of

It frowned at the return of some agencies into
the ports two years after they were asked to leave and operate from outside the
ports, adding that there had also been a problem of misplaced human resources
for the job.

association urged the President to consider having experienced persons run key
industry agencies, while emphasis should be placed on continued training of

NAGAFF urged Mr President to focus on good
governance even as the war against corruption is on, in order to establish a
new dream desired for Nigeria.

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