NAQS, OGFZA collaborate on trade facilitation, safeguarding agric. economy

By Tosin Kolade

The Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) and the Nigeria Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA), have agreed to collaborate in areas of trade Facilitation and safeguarding the agricultural economy of the Country.

Mr Akanji Joshua, Media Communications and Strategies, NAQS made this known in a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

The development is sequel to a highlevel meeting between the Acting Comptroller General of Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) Dr Godwin Sunday Audu and the Managing Director of the Nigeria Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA), Mr. Bamanga Jada.

During the meeting Dr. Audu reiterated NAQS’s unwavering commitment to promoting trade and protecting Nigeria’s agricultural economy while upholding global phytosanitary standards.

He emphasized that NAQS, is ready to support exporters in meeting these standards, facilitating a seamless process for those who adhere to regulatory requirements.

“In our pursuit of economic growth and agricultural prosperity, NAQS remains steadfast in its commitment to promoting trade while ensuring the integrity of our agricultural sector,” Dr Audu said.

“We understand the importance of facilitating exports and imports, and we are committed to providing exporters and importers with the necessary guidance and support to navigate regulatory processes effectively.”

Audu also highlighted NAQS’s willingness to work closely with OGFZA, offering guidance and information on export and import procedures.

He noted that exporters are required to pay the user fee as a token for the services NAQS renders.

Audu expressed gratitude for the donation of an office space to NAQS at Onne Seaport within the OGFZA complex in Port Harcourt, stressing that it was a demonstration if OGFZA’s commitment to supporting NAQS’s operations.

Speaking at the meeting Mr Bamanga Jada emphasized the need for collaboration between NAQS and OGFZA to protect Nigeria’s agricultural economy.

He commended NAQS for its commitment to promoting trade while maintaining stringent standards, stressing the importance of a harmonious relationship between the two regulatory agencies.

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