After Customs’ Capacity Building, Clearing Agents Demand Training From SON, NAFDAC, Others 

President APFFLON, Otunba Frank Ogunojemite 
After the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), concluded its approved training for clearing agents operating at the nation’s seaports and airports, the Africa Association of Professional Freight Forwarders and Logistics of Nigeria (APFFLON), urged Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to follow the foot step of the NCS.
In a press statement to BUSINESSINSIDERNG by the National President of APFFLON, Otunba Frank Ogunojemite, that would make clearance of cargoes out of the seaports and airports seamless.
“APFFLON wish to also use this medium to appeal to other government agencies to tow the line of the NCS by regularly organizing trainings and sensitization programmes for Nigerians. We urge SON;  NAFDAC and the NDLEA to borrow a leaf from the Nigeria Customs Service,” Ogunojemite stated.
The APFFLON boss, however, commended the  Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, for approving a 5 day Administrative and Operational Awareness Training programme for Declarants (Agents).
According to the Nigeria Customs Service, the training of declarants (Agents) was targeted at providing comprehensive insight and guidance on the emerging administrative and operational trends in the Customs Clearance Process.
“APFFLON wishes to state that the  workshop was a proof of the Comptroller General’s commitment to human capital development. We thank the CG for approving the training and also thank every Freight Forwarder that participated in the programme as well.
“The large turn up of freight forwarders was a clear indication of their hunger for knowledge. APFFLON was amazed by their massive response and we must give kudos to the Comptroller General of Customs for approving the workshop, all Commands’ Comptrollers and the facilitator, Compt. Oluyomi Adebakin. We want to say here that freight forwarders are happy with the gesture.”
“All these will make positive impacts on individual participants as it targets at enhancing their capacities and transforming them to true professionals.”
On the opening up of Apapa Port corridor by the Lagos State Government, APFFLON also commended the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo- Olu, for the heroic feat and we believe that freight forwarders and other maritime stakeholders are also happy. The decision was a noble one, and we applaud the collaboration. A lot has happened on that  corridor, many lives have been lost while some have been permanently disabled trying to navigate that corridor. Before now, going to Apapa through that route was a big risk. APFFLON cannot thank the Governor enough, we admire his courage and will power as we hope and pray that the new order be sustained.
 APFFLON also commend the authorities for clearing the shanties raised in agglomeration along port access road, and we are of the opinion that those things that do not portray us well as a nation are not supposed to be allowed especially in a metropolitan city like Lagos. The port environment should be kept clean always because it is an international business area.
Once again, we thank freight forwarders who made out time to partake in the workshop and urge them to always make themselves available for such programmes in future because knowledge, they say, is power.

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