NAFDAC reads riot act to importers, clearing agents
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has to clear agents and importers to shape up, saying the era of fraudulent activities has ended.
The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, gave the warning in Abuja at a virtual sensitisation workshop organised for stakeholders in the trade sector.
Adeyeye reiterated that NAFDAC would not tolerate any unprofessional act from any stakeholders, whether importers or clearing agents.
She said a situation where agents, in connivance of importers, engage in the falsification of NAFDAC documents would not be tolerated or treated with kid gloves any longer.
Adeyeye was quoted in a statement by the Resident Media Consultant to NAFDAC, Sayo Akintola as saying: “We shall take all legal means as an agency set up by the law of Nigeria to prosecute any erring stakeholder’’.
She urged importers to take a responsibility for the clearance of their goods. The NAFDAC boss advised importers to desist from entrusting the entire process of clearance of their consignments to the agents, stressing that whenever agents as they are ford of cutting the corner at the risk of putting importers in trouble.
Adeyeye explained that NAFDAC has recorded some improvements in its processes that would ensure auto verification of documents presented to the agency during clearing and give stakeholders the ability to verify the status of their consignments.
The NAFDAC DG, however, advised importers and clearing agents to ensure that they complete every clearing transaction with NAFDAC up to the point of generating NAFDAC electronic release a notice.
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