Group Photograph of Defending entourage with SON Seme Border Management and representatives of DSS, NAFDAC and Clearing/Forwarding Agents

CAC Muhammad Garba presenting a plaque of appreciation to DG, SON Osita Aboloma Esq.

The synergy and collaboration among regulatory and security agencies at the Seme Border post is commendable and in furtherance of the one government initiative on the ease of doing business in Nigeria.

Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Osita Aboloma Esq. stated this while addressing the Customs Area Comptroller (CAC) in charge of Seme Border post, Muhammad Garba, as part of his working tour of SON operational outposts.

Mr. Aboloma commended the Customs command and other members of the Seme Border Community including the Department of State Services (DSS), NAFDAC, Agricultural and Plant Quarantine Services, the Nigerian Police as well as Clearing and Forwarding Agents for the cooperation with SON for a seamless operation, aimed at protecting the lives, properties and the economy of the Nation.

These according to him, they are doing by ensuring that Nigeria is not made a dumping ground for substandard and life endangering products, stressing that “it is the collective duty of all Nigerians to protect the territorial integrity of the Nation”.

He acknowledged the exemplary leadership of the Customs Comptroller General, Colonel Ahmadu Alli and urged the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) command in Seme and all over the Nation to emulate it, to take Nigeria to the next level.

The SON Chief Executive specifically thanked the CAC for the involvement of his organisation’s operatives in the joint examination of imports and exports at the Seme Border Post as well as the allocation of office space to the agency within the ECOWAS building to provide a more conducive environment for the discharge of its mandate.

Aboloma urged the Customs Command and other members of the Border Community to aim higher for continual improvement in collaboration, synergy and service delivery, pointing out that quality is a moving target.

Responding, CAC Muhammad Garba stated that the agencies are all working towards the same goal of improving the wellbeing of Nigerians. He affirmed the determination of his command to continually promote the existing partnership with and involvement of SON operatives in examination of goods for quality verification.

According to him, the new joint border post at Seme promotes one entry, one exit and one control between Nigeria and the Republic of Benin and makes information and data sharing easier for regional integration. ”We cannot generate revenue for Government the expense of the lives and properties of Nigerians, thus we work together in the interest of the Nation and meet regularly to collectively resolve any observed challenges in the discharge of our respective mandates”.

He disclosed that the Command has ensured strict compliance with the international law on cargo transit and delivery that ensures that goods meant for Nigeria are not discharged and trans loaded in Benin Republic, but rather in Nigerian territory, to create gainful more employment opportunities for Nigerians, directly and indirectly.

Addressing SON staff at the Seme Border Post earlier, the Director General commended them for dedication to duty, the tidiness and maintenance of the office environment as well as the smooth working relationship with sister regulatory and security agencies, which culminated in SON active participation in joint import and export examination.

According to him, there will be higher expectations from the Nigerian populace and the importing Nations from Nigeria particularly with regards to the quality of imports and exports in view of SON involvement and active participation.

He charged them to improve on the synergy with the Operations and Laboratory Services Directorates in the area of conformity assessment towards achieving the SON mandate and promised to provide them with rapid test kits for electrical and food products to enhance their effectiveness in quality verification.

While welcoming the DG and entourage, South West Coordinator of Borders Operations, Engr. Chike Makwe thanked the Management for the provision of a conducive working environment.

He enumerated the activities of the Seme Border Post operations as including, effective collaboration for seamless operations, inspection, sampling documentation and dispatch of products to SON Laboratory for quality verification.

Engr. Makwe commended the SON leadership under the DG for continuous human capacity development, massive infrastructural development, accreditation of SON services, provision of working tools and operational vehicles among others.

Other stakeholders who received the DG and entourage at Seme Border include, Olomada Abdulganiyu, Director, DSS; Dr. Nurudeen Audu, Assistant Director, NAFDAC and Hon. Peter Aniekwe of Leo Mcpee Ltd.

Engr. Chike Makwe (standing) welcoming the DG, Osita Aboloma Esq (to his right) and entourage from left Bola Fashina SA to DG/Head, Public Relations; Kabir Y. Muhammed, Director, DG’s Office, Lagos and Victor Amadi, Head, Protocol, Lagos.

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