NAGAFF Writes President, NASS, SGF, Others, Disputes MAN’s Claims On Port Activities

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The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has written a strong-worded letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Assembly, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and others, disputing the presentation made to the president by the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) over the current situation of things in the ports.

According to NAGAFF in its letter dated July 30th and addressed to Mr President which was signed by its Secretary General, Mr Dipo Olayikun, the foremost freight forwarding group opined that the submission of MAN may be half-truth and avoidably disparaging the agencies of the government like
Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) and Nigeria Customs Service
(NCS) in particular.

NAGAFF also expressed some regrets that the Organized Private Sector groups
have not at any time engaged key stakeholders to find out the true
position of ports activities other than assumptions.

PLATFORM REPORTERS obtained the full copy of the NAGAFF letter, and here are the details:

Our Ref: NAGAFF/Presidency/Corresp/2019/1

July 30, 2019

The President
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Aso-Rock Villa
Federal Capital Territory
Abuja.

Dear Sir,

RE: THE SUBMISSION OF THE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (MAN)
TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA- PRESIDENT
MUHAMMADU BUHARI (GCFR), DURING AN ADVOCACY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENTAL
VILLA, ASO ROCK, ABUJA: MATTERS ARISING

PROTOCOL

Mr. President Sir, we write to you from the heart-beat of the nation’s
entry points of the seaport, airport and land borders of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria as very critical stakeholders who are trained to
manage and facilitate international trade matters, Cargo
Transportation, Customs formalities and import and export related
transactions from point of origin to point of destination.

We are constrained to respond to the submission of the Manufacturers
Association of Nigeria (MAN) made to you in their advocacy
presentation with regard to ports activities which in our opinion,
does not represent the true picture of the ports and borders
activities. In our opinion, this submission of MAN may be half-truth
and avoidably disparaging the agencies of the government like
Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) and Nigeria Customs Service
(NCS) in particular. Regrettably the Organized Private Sector groups
have not at any time engaged key stakeholders to find out the true
position of ports activities other than assumptions.

Mr. President Sir, the background of NAGAFF and its members is
critical and strategic on matters of Ports and Borders Administration,
Management and Operations. We are familiar and conversant with MAN and
its members’ transactions at the ports and borders. Interestingly,
most of their transactions are being handled by members of NAGAFF and
other sister organizations charged with such responsibilities to clear
goods out of Customs control. We have the locus from our informed
position to state verifiable facts which will enable you make an
informed decision on matters of International trade and activities of
Government Agencies at all entry points into the country. For the
avoidance of doubt Mr. President, the position of MAN which is
seemingly indicting the operations of the Standards Organization of
Nigeria and the Nigerian Customs Service which we consider as
misleading and inappropriate.

1. Standards Organization Of Nigeria
On the part of SON it is a regime trade policy that all formal imports
into Nigeria as payments through letter of credit/bill for
collection/not-valid for exchange are based on successful compliance
to conformity assessment of products off-shore. In other words, no
bank in Nigeria opens Form “M” for payment and as the case may be
except with evidence of SON Conformity Assessment/Product Certificate.
In reality this process is mostly on the contrary because of the
inherent abuse of processes through forgery of import documents and
wrong declaration of products. Under the circumstances there is no way
SON officials can completely checkmate and/or eradicate the influx of
substandard and life-endangering products due to its glaring absence
at the seaports where a greater percentage of imports come into
Nigeria. It is certain that so long as SON operatives are not found at
the ports to verify products quality, the war against substandard
products and life-endangering products will be like building a castle
on shifting sand.
It is also important to remark that smuggling is a major limiting
factor in the fight against importation and exportation of substandard
and life-endangering products. It is therefore an established fact
that smuggling is ongoing through the approved routes of the seaports,
airports and land borders. It is ordinarily expected that MAN and its
members would understand that SON will entirely rely upon the support
of its sister regulatory agencies and security operatives to undertake
quality verification at the ports and land borders. The Standards
Organization of Nigeria, indeed, has little to offer in the fight
against fake products coming or leaving the country except with the
support of the government security agencies to interdict the illegality.
Mr. President Sir, you may wish to know that many of the local
manufacturers and importers are found using import permits meant for
raw materials and machinery to bring in finished goods that are most
often substandard and life endangering. The current port order does
not allow SON’s presence at the port except on invitation by the
Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and/or as they may indicate interest on
a particular container through the NICIS I (Nigeria Integrated Customs
System) platform.

Unfortunately SON has remained on NICIS I regime thereafter NCS
migrated to NICIS II. The current scenario is that SON still operates
on NICIS I and can only view NICIS II without accessibility to perform
any function on the NICIS II platform. This is actually a limiting
factor, preventing SON from taking advantage of all improvements that
are attributable to this upgraded customs portal. Where, for instance,
a non-conforming product is sighted by SON, with the use of NICIS I,
it is not possible for SON to transmit alert to the Nigerian Customs
Service electronically except through manual process which is wasteful
and time consuming. Sometimes, the suspected consignment is exited
before the alert gets to Customs.
In other words, issues bothering on non-compliance with import and
export regulations need government attention. It is unrealistic to
expect SON to alert every container in our ports for the purpose of
their statutory duty. The damage that it could cause in our ports
administration will be unprecedented including congestion. Any action
done by SON in this regard shall cause a breach on the policy of Ease
of Doing Business at our entry points because there are other
regulatory agencies in our ports. Therefore care must be taken to
avoid breach of principles of specialization and work schedule.
It is our informed opinion and advice to Mr. President to realize the
importance of the statutory duty of SON. In our understanding, SON
means life to the Nigerian people. Therefore to stem the inflow of
substandard, adulterated and fake products both the local
manufacturers and the imported and exported goods, adequate concern
must be shown to ensure that the lives of Nigerians are safe. The
scope of work to undertake quality assurance is quite high and as such
SON needs the support of the government and the public to achieve the
objective of quality control. To achieve this mandate, it should be
mandatory for SON to be returned to all entry points of the seaports,
airports and land borders. By so doing SON can now be vicariously
responsible for any noticeable influx of substandard, fake and
counterfeit product into the country, otherwise with the status quo,
it will be meaningless to blame SON for any lapses.
2. Nigeria Customs Service @ Ineffective Implementation Of Approved Tariff
Mr. President Sir, the assertion made by MAN against the Nigeria
Customs Service is very regrettable. It is not news or rather
unexpected because NCS as a revenue collection agency of the
government indeed can never be a friend of MAN and/or any other person
or group with an obligation to pay tax. Both the Bible and Quran told
us that revenue collectors are never liked. In reality, it is
unthinkable for any business man or woman to speak well of the NCS as
long as they make you pay tax. Except otherwise to the contrary Mr.
President can only make MAN members to stop paying tax and their
complaint shall cease to exist.
The assertion that NCS is finding it difficult to implement the
approved duty structure is unfounded and baseless. It is on record
that Customs does not only attend to their revenue target, they also
surpass the target for the period under review despite the waiver
clauses on Customs duty being issued by the Finance Ministry. In fact,
the records are there that the Organized Private Sector groups have
been enjoying these incentives without adding the expected value to
the economy. These are verifiable facts from the NCS, arising from
inherent abuse of such incentives wherein a semi-knockdown (SKD) or
complete knockdown (CKD) item turns to become a fully built item in
breach of the approved import by the Finance Ministry.
And for the avoidance of doubt- MAN claimed in their presentation that
the “duty” on colored aluminum coil, which is a finished product, is
35% but that this item is being cleared by NCS as plain aluminum
(stucco), which is a raw material at 5%. Similarly the approved duty
on galvanized roofing sheet is 45% but NCS has been clearing same at
extremely low duty and being sold in the market at ridiculously low
prices. Of course, the ones manufactured locally after paying 5% duty
on raw materials will not be able to compete with finished version of
the same product attracting 5% also. Accordingly MAN recommended that
this issue be properly looked into and NCS be supported with efficient
scanners and personnel while encouraging Customs officers to implement
tariff as approved.
Mr. President Sir, it is obvious that MAN may be talking from an
uninformed position. This is because they are not Customs Officers who
deal with these items on arrival at the Customs ports or a Freight
Forwarder whose duty it is to interface with the Customs in the course
of their legitimate duty to clear goods out of Customs control. The
request from MAN suggests that Mr. President should look into their
claims but to us, Mr. President cannot look into such claims. We
wonder how the hydro scanner, if provided, will help to identify
colored and plain aluminum coils to address their fears or claims.
We wonder why MAN could not acknowledge the fact that training and
retraining of Customs Officers with a view to upgrading its personnel
have been a top priority in the Customs administration.

3. Central Bank Of Nigeria And Uncommon Support To MAN
Mr. President Sir, please refer to the commendation of MAN over CBN
uncommon support to the Organized Private Sector for the relative
stability being experienced today and the return of some manufacturing
concerns to full operations. To however sustain this and improve the
performance of the sector, the CBN needs to include 93 items that MAN
submitted for inclusion in the list of 41 items restricted from
accessing foreign exchange since 2016 and remove other items that are
vital raw materials that are not available locally from the list.
It is our informed opinion that MAN and its members may not mean well
for this country. And for the avoidance of doubt we regret the
uncommon support CBN is giving to MAN and its members to the detriment
of the greater number of Nigerians. Mr. President Sir, you may wish to
know that the greatest problem before the Nigeria Customs Service in
its effort to manage and administer Customs laws on trade matters is
the inability of most Nigerian traders to comply with import and
export regulations of the government.
The remote cause being the unguided banning and restrictions on trade
goods by the government which obviously may be based on
recommendations of the organized private trade groups like MAN. It is
possible that MAN and its members may have coerced the government to
the extent that the “uncommon level of support is responsible for the
relative disorder being experienced today in our economy”. Mr.
President, we therefore ask MAN and its members whether power supply
in Nigeria has been stabilized to enhance full capacity operations in
the manufacturing sector. It is on record that because of this fact,
most manufacturers are producing at less than 30% of their installed
capacities.
Mr. President Sir, you can now notice why Nigerians are suffering
because of the level of uncommon support of the CBN to the MAN members
in the name of job creation. The uncommon support of CBN has
necessitated the breach of import regulation guidelines (2013), even
though an inferior document to Customs laws on trade matters. Import
guidelines stipulate that every import into Nigeria must have a
registered Form ‘M’. It is surprising that CBN may have denied
Nigerians who have foreign exchange to bring goods into Nigeria either
on bill for collection and or non-valid for foreign exchange. Why must
CBN advise commercial banks to stop registration of Form ‘M’ for the
products delisted from FOREX market.
As at today at the Customs ports and land borders, the Nigeria Customs
Service is contending with matters of untrue declaration of goods into
Nigeria. The remote cause being the avoidable restrictions of trade
goods coming into Nigeria. Mr. President Sir, it is a revelation at
the moment that because of uncommon support to MAN and its members,
due processes in our ports are in breach in relation to foreign trade
in Nigeria. The situation on ground is that those listed items denied
FOREX are technically banned from importation for the fact that Form
‘M’ is not allowed to be registered in their favor. What we get right
now is that Government seems not to really know much of the balance of
trade in our economy because these goods are coming into Nigeria
through smuggling and/or what NCS refers to as untrue declaration. The
unstable trade policies of the government are definitely causing so
much problems to the Customs administration in a country where a lot
of people are hungry.
Mr. President Sir, it is very wrong, unprofessional and inequitable on
the part of CBN for the uncommon support to the manufacturing sector
which indeed may not be adding up to 6% of the GDP of the nation. It
is our view that the informal sector group which is in the majority be
given equal opportunity to thrive. Without prejudice to the laudable
policy of establishing SMEDAN to encourage this groups of people we
suggest Sir, that more should be done by way of educating and
sensitization to the small business enterprises to further widen their
scope of understanding on how to access what government has put in
place for them. The attention of government should be focused on the
informal sector group because of their greater numbers and concerns.

Bank of industry (BOI)
Mr. President Sir, it is indeed most frustrating, the seeming
unpatriotic acts of the Organized Private Sector being represented by
MAN as they claim. It is alleged from their presentation that it has
been observed that BOI and other development banks are doing a good
job but unfortunately, their funds cannot be accessed by many
manufacturing concerns because these institutions do not lend unless
commercial banks give a bank guarantee. The unfortunate situation is
that commercial banks are not willing to give Bank Guarantee (BG)
because the transaction is seen as taking businesses away from them
and as guaranteeing a loan not borrowed by them.
We regret the double speaking of MAN most times. If some members of
MAN are securing loans from (BOI), it means that others who are not
given are mere portfolio members of MAN who, for every purpose and
intent, may be those in the abuse of incentives granted by the
government. In reality one is made to ask if MAN and its members ever
realize that they are business ventures- like any other entrepreneur.
The commercial banks which are allegedly refusing to give loan
guarantees to them are indeed on the same page with our position
because they are equally in business. Asking Mr. President to direct
relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the government to
give expedited attention to their request is inconsequential because
the executive powers of MR. President under Section 5 of the Nigerian
1999 Constitution, as amended, have been delegated to the heads of
government agencies starting from the Vice-President down the line.
Mr. President Sir, their request that you grant them access to you for
quarterly briefing shall amount to a breach and abuse of due process
and procedure and, by extension, you may be encouraging a situation
where your officers are unduly intimidated or undermined.
The point herein canvassed is that you should encourage them to go
through the ladder including the office of Special Assistant to Mr.
President for that purpose. The concept of Next Level shall not
translate to abuse, in their quest to retain the needed focus and
drive. The alleged challenges with the 2019 fiscal policy measures
which shall include but not limited to;-
• Manufacturing sector specifics as contained in their paper.
• MAN concerns of the recent increase in NAFDAC charges.
• MAN position on the industrial development (Income Tax Relief)
Amendment Act 2019, etc.
Mr. President Sir, we regret to inform you that if the only fault MAN
saw in the operations of NAFDAC is their recent increase in charges,
we can authoritatively tell you that the presentation of MAN is
political. This is because it is the same MAN that was pointing
accusing fingers at the NCS and SON over improper implementation of
tariff is now seeing increase in charges as the only problem with
NAFDAC. Are you being made to believe that fake, adulterated,
substandard and life endangering pharmaceutical products and chemicals
are not coming into Nigeria under the regulation and control of
NAFDAC. MAN as a national body of manufacturing companies presented a
document to you focusing primarily on the South-West region of the
country. And for the avoidance of doubt Mr. President we can
authoritatively inform you that the leadership of NAFDAC may not know
or have visited Apapa port, Tincan port, Port & Terminal multipurpose
Ltd, Onne port, NPA1 Rivers state, Warri, Seme border, Idiroko, Jibya
border, Ilela border, etc. to at least confer with stakeholders in her
statutory duty accomplishment and/or at least confer with her field
officers to know how they are doing.
At the moment, most Nigerians are suffering sicknesses like kidney
failure, heart enlargement, etc. and nobody knows conclusively the
reasons for this epidemic. What effort has NAFDAC made to enlighten
and educate the critical stakeholders as to what they should watch out
for at the ports and border locations. The Nigeria Customs Service,
the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) and National Drug Law
Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have been undertaking massive education and
enlightenment at the stakeholders’ level to achieve the objective of
their primary functions. Except otherwise to the contrary, the late
Prof. Dora Akunyili spent most of her tenure at the ports and borders
collaborating with the stakeholders to stem the tide of life
endangering products. And today the current leadership of NAFDAC may
be sitting in the comfort of her office in Abuja attending live
programs on some TV stations accusing other agencies like Customs. And
yet MAN did not see anything wrong other than increased charges on
NAFDAC regulated products. The point herein is that MAN does not want
to hear anything that concerns taxation.
Mr. President Sir, for the purposes of most of the things we have said
– Hear the Comptroller General of Customs when he addressed a section
of business men, dealing in textiles and Security Agencies Chiefs at a
meeting with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) recently:
“Lack of the right fiscal and monetary policies is inducing smuggling
across Nigerian borders, with about 200 customs officers being felled
by smugglers bullets annually, “The government needs to get its fiscal
and monetary policies right. The cost of doing business in the country
is high and government needs to provide roads, security and power for
our local industries to thrive. When these are made available and
easier to access, products made in the country will be cheap and able
to compete with the foreign goods because this is one of the reasons
smuggling thrives. I will urge the CBN to work to improve on fiscal
and monetary policies to help check smuggling. The government needs to
do something about the textile industry, because textile materials are
being smuggled in very large quantity.

“To address smuggling, the local industries must set the right prices
and quality to have the desired patronage. The market is there, our
local textile industries must be ready to compete and this is a
Nigerian project. We shall work with CBN and other relevant
stakeholders in achieving it”. He said NCS was disturbed by the high
level of smuggling in the country and it was working tirelessly to
reduce it to the barest minimum. The customs boss urged stakeholders
in the cotton, textile and garments (CTG) industries to help the
service in the area of intelligence by providing useful information
that would assist in identifying the smugglers with a view to
punishing them accordingly”.

Mr. President Sir, you will simply deduce from the thinking of the
Comptroller General of Customs that we are on the same page with him.
If the government through CBN and Finance Ministry continues with this
level of uncommon support we may not be adding value to matters of
competitiveness in our local manufacturing industries and indeed the
general economy. All you need do is to create and build
infrastructures that will enable manufacturers compete with other
nations. Mr. President’s attention indeed is being drawn to the
statement of the CGC wherein he posited that “lack of the right fiscal
and monetary policies is inducing smuggling across Nigerian borders,
with about 200 custom officers being felled by smugglers bullets
annually. Therefore the need to provide critical infrastructures like
good road network, security, power and metrological advancement cannot
be overemphasized”. It is to us that the mantra of providing jobs for
people is being over publicized. In this regard, it is apparent that
government is being arm-twisted and in some cases coerced into making
trade policies that are inequitable and in breach of trade laws and
regulations.

A critical example is hereby showcased in the matter of 43 items
delisted from enjoying FOREX facilities. The most uncommon breach of
due process and procedures on the part of CBN is to have
instructed/advised the commercial banks not to register Form M’s in
favor of these items. In reality this is contrary to import
regulations which stipulate that all imports into Nigeria, excluding
personal effects, must have a registered Form M. There is no doubt
that the action of CBN may not be connected with the uncommon support
to the manufacturing companies/industries. But the reality on ground
is that these items are coming into Nigeria as smuggled goods. One can
readily deduce why the CGC is raising alarm on officers felled by the
bullets of smugglers. We are therefore, compelled to ask why we must
allow this ugly development which is avoidable.

Mr. President Sir, as we commence to draw the curtain in our
engagement with MAN presentation and advocacy, we have taken a
critical overview of MAN’s submission, starting from the introductory
part, government policies, the Nigerian economy and manufacturing
sector in 2018/2019, issues of concern to the manufacturing sector,
Africa Continental free trade agreement and other incentives, trade
and regional integration, Export Expansion Grant (EEG) –state of play,
I. Impact of suspension of EEG
II. Unexplained exclusion of 38 exporters
III. Promissory note program, high cost of lending, multiple
taxes/levies and over regulation, infrastructure, business
environment, low capacity utilization, economic diversification, delay
in clearing of cargo at the ports, proposed increase in value added
tax (VAT), introduction of pre-shipment inspection, etc.

Mr. President Sir, our consolation is the provisions in the 1999
Constitution, as amended, that allows for freedom of speech and self
actualization. Indeed we understand the concern of MAN and its members
to seek their wellbeing and welfare.

Honestly our hearts are burdened by the seeming lack of patriotism,
deceit and high-level greed in the MAN’s presentation. Mr. President
it seems to us that the Indians, Lebanese and Chinese are taking
advantage of MAN to distort the economy of our country judging from
the inherent abuse of various reliefs granted to MAN and its members.
It is to us that most members of MAN are common traders in the
informal sector group.

We all know that Destination Inspection, as presently constituted, is
basically Customs examination either by automation and/or physical
examination. It beats our imagination how MAN can recommend for the
return of pre-shipment inspection in our international trade and
Customs question.

Are MAN and its members telling us that pre-shipment inspection is the
best option whereby 1% of the FOB value shall be paid to foreign
inspectors? And yet government is paying attention to MAN on the basis
of creating employment for the young Nigerian graduates. Whereas other
countries are going to the moon on exploration. And yet MAN and its
members are making us to believe that Nigerians cannot undertake the
simple job of Customs examination and conserve the 1% import
supervision fees paid into Federation Account for domestic use.

Mr. President Sir, the truth remains that the more we try to respond
to MAN proposal to you, the more our heart bleeds because their
actions are so unpatriotic and mindless. Admittedly the only good
thing we see in their presentation is their recommendation that
government should develop strategies to transit operators in the
informal sector to the formal sector. This, we believe, is the roadmap
to a greater Nigeria of our dreams.

COMMENT
We strongly adopt the position of the Comptroller General of Customs
and other great minds in Nigeria who have earned honor, respect and
integrity for themselves as patriots. It is to us that the informal
sector is the engine room of the economy other than MAN and its
members because of their workforce and distribution network. Therefore
Mr. President is being encouraged to develop strategies to enhance the
informal sector. This can be achieved through proper and adequate
funding of micro-finance banks for soft loans with less collateral,
enhancement of technical education, power and electricity supply,
transportation and good road networks, etc.

CONCLUSION
The uncommon support to MAN and its members have not added expected
value to the economy but rather enriching individuals. The government
should as a matter of urgency help the informal sector to become
organized through legislation. The government should on its own strive
to ensure the provision of necessary infrastructure that will drive
competitiveness with other manufacturing nations. We must realize that
the formal sector operators are businessmen and women like their
counterparts in the informal sector. Therefore, it generates
competitiveness among all the actors and this is the way to go for a
greater economy in Nigeria. We advice that government should not
encourage monopoly in its actions because it will be counterproductive.

At this juncture, it becomes imperative to submit that the relevance
of manufacturing to the economic growth of any country cannot be
overemphasized. We are not unmindful of the critical role the
manufacturing sector can play in the economic prosperity of a country
like Nigeria. Perhaps this is the genesis of the disappointment of
NAGAFF that upon all the support and waivers the Government has been
giving to the organized Private Sector (OPS) there is no commensurate
impact of the sector to the economic growth of Nigeria. Our grouse
with MAN is that there is little or no impact of this sector on the
economy and the well being of Nigerians.

All over the world industrialization is the name of the game. It is
still a mirage that Nigeria has not joined the league of
industrialized nations, like Britain, Germany, France, Russia, South
Africa, Japan, etc.

The manufacturing sector in the industrialized countries mentioned
above took full advantage of their Governments support to the sector
to prove a point and position the manufacturing sector in these
countries for growth to reduce unemployment thereby reducing crimes in
their countries. This is as a result of the monitoring and evaluation
of the bail outs these countries give to the manufacturing sector in
their countries. In our country the support given to manufacturers is
usually not closely monitored and evaluated to gauge their impact on
the economy. This is now the time for Nigeria Customs to stand up and
be counted as the operator of Customs Laws. The need to profile the
manufacturers cannot be overemphasized at this point.

Mr. President, in view of the seeming failure of the MAN to adequately
position itself in the efforts to engender economic growth, even in
spite of the huge support to the sector, we think the time is ripe for
Government to involve operators in the informal sector especially
NAGAFF which by virtue of our strategic position at (gateways to the
nation’s economy) shall champion the much needed contribution to solve
the myriads of problems confronting this potentially great country in
our foreign trade, Customs facilitation, transportation and Freight
Forwarding profession.

Freight forwarders in every country are the catalyst and/or artery of
any nation’s economy. It is therefore ripe at the moment for the
government to invite the Council for the Regulation of Freight
Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) under the supervision of Transportation
Ministry to brief Mr. President on the way forward at our entry
points. Trade and Commerce at local and international level are the
heart beat of any nation’s economy. This is exactly why the Nigerian
Ports Authority slogan is- “The Gateway of Our Nation’s Economy”. It
is also said in shipping that countries that have access to the sea –
have access to the riches of the world – and indeed Nigeria is
blessed. It is also important that we use this opportunity to draw the
attention of Mr. President to the administration and management of
CRFFN which has been bungled. CRFFN is private driven by the
constitution of the act establishing it. Government should stop
wasting money in that regard. We shall in due time may make further
statement.

On a lighter mood, it is to us that Mr. President should ascertain
from MAN, the role they may have played in the area of Corporate
Social Responsibility (CSR). Ask them how many operational vehicles
they have donated to Customs and/or SON to add value in their essence
and operations.

We thank Mr. President for finding time to read us from the country’s
gateways. It is our hope that MAN would see us as partners in progress
and we believe that our position should serve as a wake-up call on,
the need for self-regulation of its members.

Sincerely yours,

DIPO OLAYOKU
Secretary General
NAGAFF High Command
Management Team

CC: The Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
The Senate President
The Speaker House of Representatives
The Secretary to the Government, Federal Republic of Nigeria
The National Security Adviser
The Hon. Minister of Finance
The Hon. Minister Industry, Trade and Investment
The Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service
The Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria
The Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigeria Shippers’ Council
The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority
The Chairman, Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council
The Director General, Nigeria Economic Summit Group
The President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN)
The Chairman CRFFN
The National President ANLCA

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