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March 1, 2024
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NAQS unveils strategic plan for smooth exportation of Nigerian agro-products

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By Bukola Adewumi

Dr Godwin Audu, the newly appointed Comptroller General of the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), outlined a comprehensive strategy aimed at simplifying the exportation process for Nigeria’s agro-products.

In a press conference held on Wednesday in Abuja, he expressed the agency’s commitment to aligning with the Renewed Hope Agenda of the current administration and the Minister of Agriculture’s strategic blueprint.

Audu, assumed leadership after the tenure of the pioneer Comptroller General, Dr Vincent Isegbe, concluded in December 2023.

Audu emphasised the pivotal role NAQS plays in supporting the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council’s efforts within the export environment.

He unveiled plans to enhance the export environment by expediting inspection and certification services, streamlining application processes, and implementing automation in quarantine procedures.

The ultimate goal, he stated, is to simplify the lives of agro-exporters and significantly reduce processing times for agricultural export documentation.

In addition to these initiatives, Audu highlighted the agency’s intention to optimise operations at interstate control stations, aiming to minimise delays in the transportation of agro commodities.

He pledged collaborative efforts with stakeholders to address and eliminate illegal operators causing bottlenecks on Federal highways.

Underlining the importance of maintaining discipline, order, and inclusiveness within NAQS, the Comptroller General assured the development of officers and the sustainability of equal opportunities for all personnel.

This strategic approach reflects NAQS’s dedication to ensuring a smoother and more efficient process for exporting Nigeria’s valuable agro-products, aligning with broader governmental agendas for economic development. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Deborah Coker and Chijioke Okoronkwo

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