From left: Chief of Staff to the National President, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, Obicee Okonkwo, National Secretary of the association, Mukaila Abdulazeez, the National President, Hon. Iju Tony Nwabunike, Director General SON, Osita Aboloma, Financial Secretary of ANLCA, Bola Muse and Director, Inspectorate and Compliance Unit of SON, Engr. Obiora Manafa during ANLCA’s visit to the organisation recently in Abuja.

Francis Ezem

The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents ANLCA has urged the Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON, the country’s apex standards regulatory bureau to step up efforts at sensitising importers on products of import regulated by the organisation.

National President of the association, Hon. Iju Tony Nwabunike, who led other members of the National Executive committee NECOM on a courtesy visit to the organisation in Abuja, noted that it had become necessary and urgent for the SON to sensitise stakeholders, especially the importing community on products regulated by the organisation.

This, according to him is with a view to keeping them abreast of requirements for the importation of such regulated products in order to remove all ambiguities and avoid delays associated with improper filing of import documents due to dearth of information on such regulated products.

The National President in an opening address had told the management of the organisation led by its Director General, Osita Aboloma that the leadership of the association visited to discuss operational matters and way forwards based on existing mutual relationship between both parties.

He said: “As major stakeholders in the maritime industry, we are very conscious of the efforts of the current Federal Government in promoting seamless port operations devoid of encumbrances in line with its Ease of Doing Business Policy and we have all keyed into this vision for the good of all and overall interest of the national economy.

“We also all know that an efficient supply chain thrives on advance information, and in the light of this, we urge the organisation to step up its efforts in sensitising all relevant stakeholders, especially importers by way of giving advance information to guide documentation processes on all trade transactions regarding to the importation of SON-regulated products.

“One of the cardinal policies of the current administration of the association led by my humble self is to train and retrain our members in order to build capacities that would make them efficient and adopt international best practice”.

While thanking the management of the organisation for the warm welcome accorded the association, he urged both parties to build on the existing relationship between them, pledging that members of ANLCA would continue to support the organisation in its efforts towards ridding the country of fake and substandard goods by playing according to the rules.

Meanwhile, the DG in a welcome address, thanked the leadership of the association for the cooperation and partnership that had existed over the years and for finding time to visit the management of the organisation.

While restating the organisation’s commitment towards checkmating the influx of fake and substandard goods into the country, he also pledged to continuously simplify the organisation’s processes to enhance efficiency of the nation’s air and seaports as well as land borders.

He cited the recent upgrade of its platform for the issuance of the SON Conformity Assessment Programme SONCAP, assuring that the organisation would continue to simplify its processes and sensitise all relevant stakeholders.