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Aniebonam Commends SON For Enhancing Trade.

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The Standard Organization of Nigeria,SON an agency of government has been applauded for enhancing  trade
The Agency has also received commendation for  upgrading it’s system, inorder to serve the importers , freight forwarders and, agents better.
The Founder of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam made this commendation in a chat with some newsmen while reacting to allegation of Corruption leveled against SON as well as their alleged Portal system collapse in his office in Lagos.
Dr. Aniebonam  commended Standard Organization of Nigeria, SON for  their ability to enforce government regulations ,as well as prompt rectification of the issues confronting their portal system.
On the allegation of Corruption  against officers of  SON he said, “And for the avoidance of doubt,anybody who thinks he can intimidate officials of government, you are just wasting your time because they have their statutory responsibility to enforce regulations.  All these trumped up allegations are so inconsequential to the operations of the ports. The subject matter is compliance.
“If you have a transaction and it is not going through with intent to cheat or circumvent regulations, is that the temerity  you have to turn to blackmail?

“I think that the whole thing is all about the impunity of Nigerians to circumvent the law. The subject matter is not about the Standards Organization, the subject matter has to do with agencies of government who have responsibilities to enforce regulations of the government and because we don’t do that, that is why all these people could open their mouth and be anttalking rubbish.

“Ask me, if SON is upgrading their system to give us better service, is that the noise we are making? And this thing makes no issue as it were for the fact that it did not take them time even when that was on, a proviso was made to ensure speedy clearance of cargo. I think some of us, when we have something to hide and when we are not able to hide it further, we turn to blackmail.”, he concludes.

 

Nobody Should Accuse  SON of Corruption……. We are Not Compliant…….Tanko

Speaking also, a freight forwarder and the national Vice Chairman, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF Western Zone, Alhaji Tanko Ibrahim said,” nobody should talk about corruption here. We are to be

blamed because we are not compliant . We deserve to pay penalty for non compliance”.
It would be recalled that Standard Organization of Nigeria, SON had through its  Deputy Director, Public Relations , Bola Fashina called on anyone with proof of such allegation to come, forward, warning that appropriate disciplinary action would be instituted against any staff found wanting.
Fashina, in a release made available to Timenewsreporter argued that all service charge payments to SON was through the TSA, adding that no staff was authorized to collect any payment other than service charges that are fixed.
He however explained that importers who fail to comply with the SONCAP laid down procedure, complain of delays when subjected to conformity Assessment procedures are those crying foul.
According to him, “Importers should endeavour to complete the procedure before their consignments leave the countries of origin, not looking for short cuts after the consignments have arrived Nigeria”.

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