Following the wake of increasing reports on the non-adherence of truckers to the regulation of mandatory inspection of goods, the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), has reminded Nigerians that the requirement to stop at the quarantine Control Posts along the federal high ways for inspection, permits no exemption, especially dealers in agro commodities.
This was contained in a press statement issued to newsmen yesterday in Abuja by the Head, media, communications and strategies of NAQS, Dr C. P Nwodo.
According to the statement, “NAQS will no longer condone the obstruction of the duty of her officers by transporters who, in a bid to evade the inspection and certification formalities, block the highway and create scenes that often degenerate into the frenzied destruction of government properties at the control posts.
“At the third and last meeting of the implementation committee on curtailment of Cattle rustling in Nigeria which was held in Abuja on December 8, 2017, comprising relevant stakeholders, we adopted a communiqué which spelt out the modalities for the operationalisation of quarantine control posts along trade routes.
“In that meeting, all stakeholders unanimously agreed that inspection of the agricultural produce and agro-allied products and payment of the associated service charge take place.”
only at NAQS Control Posts at Jebba, Lokoja, Makurdi, Gada Buki, Katsina-Ala, Orokam, Bode-Saadu and Riyom, which are strategically located within the North Central zone of the country.
“NAQS warns that the ban on revenue collection on agricultural produce and agro-allied products by private consultants on the federal highways remains in force. All checkpoints mounted by individuals who are contracted by state governments for the purpose of such levy collection are illegal and the Inspector General of Police has expressly ordered their permanent removal.
“All transporters of agricultural produce and dealers in agricultural produce are advised to procure loading/off-loading permits from only State ministries of Agriculture at the state of origin after inspection and certification.”