NAFDAC e-certification not responsible for port congestion – Port Inspection Director

Professor Moji Adeyeye, Director General of NAFDAC

By Adegboyega Oni

The Director of Port Inspection, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Professor Samson Tunde Adebayo has debunked the allegation that the NAFDAC e-certification has caused cargo congestion in the nation’s seaports.

It would be recalled that the National Secretary of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, Mr. Babatunde Mukaila had alleged that the e-certification had led to cargo congestion as many importers were stranded at the ports in attempt to facilitate their pre-arrival documentation processes.

Reacting to the allegation in a telephone chat with PortNews in Lagos today, Professor Samson Tunde Adebayo noted that the e-certification could not cause congestion in any way in the port, saying that importers and customs agents would not do things right.  

 ‘’They (importers and customs agents) don’t do things right. We have sensitized them severally that before embarking on importation importers they must ensure that all their documents are ready and validated. They never expected that such thing (e-certification) will become a reality, and we have been on it over 18 months sensitizing the importers and customs agents,’’ he said.  

Adebayo maintained that the NAFDAC management would officially react to the development as he advised importers and customs agents to do things right.

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