Abuja, Jan. 18, 2024: Dr Godwin Audu, Comptroller General, Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), has pledged to ease the hurdles of exporting Nigeria’s agro-products.
Audu made the pledge on Wednesday in Abuja while addressing newsmen on the activities of the agency.
He said that in alignment with the Renewed Hope Agenda of the present administration and the strategic blueprint of the Minister of Agriculture, the service would do more in the delivery of its mandate.
This, he said would be in line with the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council’s effort within the export environment in which the agency participated.
According to him, NAQS is committed to enhancing the export environment by expediting inspection and certification services, streamlining application processes, and automating quarantine procedures.
“These efforts aim to significantly make life easier for agro-exporters and reduce the processing time for agricultural export documentation.’’
The comptroller-general also said that the agency would optimise operations at interstate control stations to minimise delays in the haulage of agro commodities.
“Collaborative efforts with stakeholders will address and eliminate illegal operators causing bottlenecks on Federal highways”, he said.
He highlighted the importance of maintaining discipline, order, and inclusiveness within the organisation.
Audu said the service would ensure the development of officers and the sustainability of equal opportunities for all personnel.
Audu took over the leadership of NAQS after the expiration of the tenure of the pioneer Comptroller General, Dr Vincent Isegbe, in December, 2023.