The Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) has said efforts are ongoing to ensure adherence to the European Union (EU) requirements for exportation of products to avert imminent rejection of products to EU countries.
Godwin Audu, the acting comptroller general, NAQS, stated this during a maiden meeting with station and zonal coordinators held in Abuja. He reiterated the need to address the challenge of exportation from different zones.
He hinted at the establishment of the operations and enforcement department within the agency, to oversee seamless operations, minimise unnecessary seizures, and enforce seizures judiciously.
“The agency remains dedicated to promoting ease of doing business and facilitating trade in line with the current government’s renewed hope agenda for the country’s benefit.
“Adherence to the Act establishing the agency and also conversant with International Standards will go a long way in promoting the ease of doing business,” he said.
Audu noted that human capital development was a priority under his leadership, just as he approved the promotion of over 100 officers to assistant superintendent of quarantine I (ASQ I). He stressed the importance of fostering stronger relationships with sister bodies and stakeholders and urged zonal and station coordinators to follow suit, emphasising his belief in unity.