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How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by niyisky: 9:34am On Nov 02, 2016
Murtala Muhammed International Airport

NCAA defends presence of multiple officials

Despite the Federal Government’s campaign for economic diversification and export promotion, there is growing exporters’ apathy due, among others, to logistic difficulties at exit points.

While the availability of supply is not in doubt, the bureaucratic bottlenecks at the airports and alleged extortions by a legion of government officials have more or less made the export corridors almost a no-go area for local exporters.

In the alternative, The Guardian’s investigation reveals, farmers have taken to smuggling to neighbouring countries, including Benin Republic, Togo, Cameroun and Ghana, where freighting is cheaper and unhindered by officials.

But the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), that is responsible for coordinating affairs at the airports justified the heavy presence of government agencies at the exit points, describing it as “statutory.”
At the cargo terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, for instance, there are representatives of almost all the security agencies in the country, who supervise the import and export of commodities. Among them are the Department of Quarantine Services, the Nigerian Immigration Services, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Customs, Police, Department of State Services (SSS), Anti-Bomb squad, Air Force, Skyways Aviation Handling Company (SAHCOL)/National Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) and Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

A yam farmer in Nasarrawa State, who identified himself as Abdullahi Sanni, said the “road blocks” at the airport and attendant extortions by some officials had over the years remained the bane of the country’s export drive.

Abdullahi said: “Go and find out. A Nigerian yam that manages to get to Canada or United States, because they love our yam so much, ends up being between 60c and $1 more expensive than others coming from places like Ghana. And more often, they turn out to be the same type of yam but in different labels.”

An exporter, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Guardian that all the officials must be “settled from table to table” before the produce can be loaded onto an aircraft.

According to him, “We usually start with the Quarantine. They will insist on fumigation and you must pay about N12,000 per pellet. Besides, you still have to bribe and continue bribing from one table to another You must bribe your way through all the agencies if you don’t want to miss your flight.”

President of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Dr. Segun Musa confirmed the allegation, adding that “under the right procedure, those agencies are not supposed to be there at all, and we have been crying for ages, but government would not listen.”

Besides logistics, there is also the problem of certification of Nigerian farmers to make their produce acceptable overseas.

A U.S.-based Nigerian export promoter, Patricia Obichukwu, noted that Nigeria has over 15,000 registered yam farmers, but none is internationally certified because of non-adherence to the rigid process required by the international market.

Aside from the dearth of infrastructure, there is also the issue of five per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on freight cost. This is an additional barrier which makes the export of Nigeria’s farm produce more expensive than Ghana’s, or Cameroun’s.

For instance, the Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana is now a logistic hub in the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) because of its ease of export processing. It hosts only one government agency at the export shed to check the export of unauthorised goods out of Ghana, but there are absolutely no duties on authorised goods.

The Accra airport alone exports an average of 25,000 MT yearly, which include 95 per cent of fruits and vegetables, and five per cent for general cargo and mining extract. In contrast, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, being the busiest in Nigeria, is doing 16,000 MT yearly, Kano 1,000 MT, Port Harcourt 900 MT, and Abuja 400 MT.

Air France KLM Cargo Country Manager Nigeria, Gabriel Lalande, reported that yams exported from Ghana, actually originated from Nigeria, due to the cumbersome export process and high duty cost.

In defence of the multiple agencies, the NCAA explained that for every aerodrome, there are agencies that are required.
The spokesman for the authority, Sam Adurogboye, said that for an international airport, “it is a must to have those multiple agencies because of cargo, personal, drugs, security issues among others that are involved.”

According to him, what is usually done is to hold airport security meeting and the Joint Intelligence Board (JIB), led by the NCAA to address concerns as they are raised.

Source http://t.guardian.ng/news/how-government-agencies-frustrate-food-export-at-nations-airports/

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by Bujumbura(m): 9:38am On Nov 02, 2016
If buhari really want to fight corruption he should beam his searchlight at the airport but we know he won't get the desired media attention so he rather use hammer to break down judges doors

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by SamuelAnyawu(m): 9:39am On Nov 02, 2016
Same fate I suffer transporting Yams from Zaki-Biam, Benue State to Portharcourt cry cry

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by deanon: 11:10am On Nov 02, 2016
niyisky:
Murtala Muhammed International Airport
NCAA defends presence of multiple officials
Despite the Federal Government’s campaign for economic diversification and export promotion, there is growing exporters’ apathy due, among others, to logistic difficulties at exit points.
While the availability of supply is not in doubt, the bureaucratic bottlenecks at the airports and alleged extortions by a legion of government officials have more or less made the export corridors almost a no-go area for local exporters.
In the alternative, The Guardian’s investigation reveals, farmers have taken to smuggling to neighbouring countries, including Benin Republic, Togo, Cameroun and Ghana, where freighting is cheaper and unhindered by officials.
But the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), that is responsible for coordinating affairs at the airports justified the heavy presence of government agencies at the exit points, describing it as “statutory.”
At the cargo terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, for instance, there are representatives of almost all the security agencies in the country, who supervise the import and export of commodities. Among them are the Department of Quarantine Services, the Nigerian Immigration Services, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Customs, Police, Department of State Services (SSS), Anti-Bomb squad, Air Force, Skyways Aviation Handling Company (SAHCOL)/National Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) and Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
A yam farmer in Nasarrawa State, who identified himself as Abdullahi Sanni, said the “road blocks” at the airport and attendant extortions by some officials had over the years remained the bane of the country’s export drive.
Abdullahi said: “Go and find out. A Nigerian yam that manages to get to Canada or United States, because they love our yam so much, ends up being between 60c and $1 more expensive than others coming from places like Ghana. And more often, they turn out to be the same type of yam but in different labels.”
An exporter, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Guardian that all the officials must be “settled from table to table” before the produce can be loaded onto an aircraft.
According to him, “We usually start with the Quarantine. They will insist on fumigation and you must pay about N12,000 per pellet. Besides, you still have to bribe and continue bribing from one table to another You must bribe your way through all the agencies if you don’t want to miss your flight.”
President of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Dr. Segun Musa confirmed the allegation, adding that “under the right procedure, those agencies are not supposed to be there at all, and we have been crying for ages, but government would not listen.”
Besides logistics, there is also the problem of certification of Nigerian farmers to make their produce acceptable overseas.
A U.S.-based Nigerian export promoter, Patricia Obichukwu, noted that Nigeria has over 15,000 registered yam farmers, but none is internationally certified because of non-adherence to the rigid process required by the international market.
Aside from the dearth of infrastructure, there is also the issue of five per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on freight cost. This is an additional barrier which makes the export of Nigeria’s farm produce more expensive than Ghana’s, or Cameroun’s.
For instance, the Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana is now a logistic hub in the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) because of its ease of export processing. It hosts only one government agency at the export shed to check the export of unauthorised goods out of Ghana, but there are absolutely no duties on authorised goods.
The Accra airport alone exports an average of 25,000 MT yearly, which include 95 per cent of fruits and vegetables, and five per cent for general cargo and mining extract. In contrast, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, being the busiest in Nigeria, is doing 16,000 MT yearly, Kano 1,000 MT, Port Harcourt 900 MT, and Abuja 400 MT.
Air France KLM Cargo Country Manager Nigeria, Gabriel Lalande, reported that yams exported from Ghana, actually originated from Nigeria, due to the cumbersome export process and high duty cost.
In defence of the multiple agencies, the NCAA explained that for every aerodrome, there are agencies that are required.
The spokesman for the authority, Sam Adurogboye, said that for an international airport, “it is a must to have those multiple agencies because of cargo, personal, drugs, security issues among others that are involved.”
According to him, what is usually done is to hold airport security meeting and the Joint Intelligence Board (JIB), led by the NCAA to address concerns as they are raised.
Source http://t.guardian.ng/news/how-government-agencies-frustrate-food-export-at-nations-airports/
We need to get our priority straight in this country.

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by Nobody: 11:31am On Nov 02, 2016
But where is lalasticlala sef?

Better business opportunity don land oh...make ya money in USD
Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by shiftmarket(m): 11:37am On Nov 02, 2016
If you have ever tried to export, you will out that what this report says is true not what those e-books try to sell up and down.

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by Nobody: 12:57pm On Nov 02, 2016
grin grin grin grin

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by Debaddest(m): 12:58pm On Nov 02, 2016
Expression on my face when I saw NCAA thinking it's NCAN Nairaland branch...

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by kings09(m): 12:59pm On Nov 02, 2016
Nothing wey person no go hear under dis buhari govt.

To import na wahala, to export na problem. Why is dis govt such a keg of problems. Direction e no get. Evry1 govt official seems to be misbehaving yet thr z so much hoollaballoo abt d fight against corruption.

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by wiloy2k8(m): 12:59pm On Nov 02, 2016
Hmm
Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by Lanre4uonly(m): 12:59pm On Nov 02, 2016
This is serious. It is well.

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by Bigajeff(m): 12:59pm On Nov 02, 2016
policy! policy!

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by diegwu01: 1:03pm On Nov 02, 2016
SamuelAnyawu:
Same fate I suffer transporting Yams from Zaki-Biam, Benue State to Portharcourt cry cry
Bro, hire 1 army guy, you would have a smooth sail to Opobo, thats how we do it grin grin

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by SamuelAnyawu(m): 1:03pm On Nov 02, 2016

Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by Ofemea: 1:04pm On Nov 02, 2016
Yes... That is so bad

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by SamuelAnyawu(m): 1:05pm On Nov 02, 2016
diegwu01:
Bro, hire 1 army guy, you would have a smooth sail to Opobo, thats how we do it grin grin

Are you serious? How Bro?

Please more info

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by Nixon55(m): 1:07pm On Nov 02, 2016
niyisky:


In defence of the multiple agencies, the NCAA explained that for every aerodrome, there are agencies that are required.
The spokesman for the authority, Sam Adurogboye, said that for an international airport, “it is a must to have those multiple agencies because of cargo, personal, drugs, security issues among others that are involved.”

According to him, what is usually done is to hold airport security meeting and the Joint Intelligence Board (JIB), led by the NCAA to address concerns as they are raised.



Imagine the response of a supposed govt official. This guy thinks we don't pass through other airports.
smh for this country!!

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by lovat(m): 1:09pm On Nov 02, 2016
deanon:

We need to get our priority straight in this country.
it seems you are not alright for quoting the whole page

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by Ademat7(m): 1:09pm On Nov 02, 2016
not only Agric produce even first time travellers; if u like be pastor or imam u will pay kickbacks and d funny part is they demand in USD

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by diegwu01: 1:10pm On Nov 02, 2016
kings09:
Nothing wey person no go hear under dis buhari govt.

To import na wahala, to export na problem. Why is dis govt such a keg of problems. Direction e no get. Evry1 govt official seems to be misbehaving yet thr z no so much hoollaballoo abt d fight against corruption.
If all those guys were actually employed and placed all those guys at the ports and airports, during this Buhari's time, then he has done well in the area of employment.

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by Nobody: 1:14pm On Nov 02, 2016
True

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by franugo(m): 1:28pm On Nov 02, 2016
deanon:

We need to get our priority straight in this country.

did u have to quote d entire write-up

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by elopee3000(m): 1:29pm On Nov 02, 2016
kings09:
Nothing wey person no go hear under dis buhari govt.

To import na wahala, to export na problem. Why is dis govt such a keg of problems. Direction e no get. Evry1 govt official seems to be misbehaving yet thr z so much hoollaballoo abt d fight against corruption.
if u bring obama to our custom office they will corrupt him if he refuses they will eliminate him, a times i wonder how did we end up like this, pay workers they wont pay pensioners they wont what of old people for wiaa? What ve we done? tomorrow u will see some nigerians abusing oyibo people when we dont even ve water to flush toilet in nigeria unless u dig a borehole

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by laudate: 1:31pm On Nov 02, 2016
niyisky:
Murtala Muhammed International Airport

NCAA defends presence of multiple officials.

Despite the Federal Government’s campaign for economic diversification and export promotion, there is growing exporters’ apathy due, among others, to logistic difficulties at exit points.

While the availability of supply is not in doubt, the bureaucratic bottlenecks at the airports and alleged extortions by a legion of government officials have more or less made the export corridors almost a no-go area for local exporters.

In the alternative, The Guardian’s investigation reveals, farmers have taken to smuggling to neighbouring countries, including Benin Republic, Togo, Cameroun and Ghana, where freighting is cheaper and unhindered by officials.....
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

An exporter, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Guardian that all the officials must be “settled from table to table” before the produce can be loaded onto an aircraft.

According to him, “We usually start with the Quarantine. They will insist on fumigation and you must pay about N12,000 per pellet. Besides, you still have to bribe and continue bribing from one table to another You must bribe your way through all the agencies if you don’t want to miss your flight.”

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Aside from the dearth of infrastructure, there is also the issue of five per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on freight cost. This is an additional barrier which makes the export of Nigeria’s farm produce more expensive than Ghana’s, or Cameroun’s.

For instance, the Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana is now a logistic hub in the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) because of its ease of export processing. It hosts only one government agency at the export shed to check the export of unauthorised goods out of Ghana, but there are absolutely no duties on authorised goods.

The Accra airport alone exports an average of 25,000 MT yearly, which include 95 per cent of fruits and vegetables, and five per cent for general cargo and mining extract. In contrast, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, being the busiest in Nigeria, is doing 16,000 MT yearly, Kano 1,000 MT, Port Harcourt 900 MT, and Abuja 400 MT.

Air France KLM Cargo Country Manager Nigeria, Gabriel Lalande, reported that yams exported from Ghana, actually originated from Nigeria, due to the cumbersome export process and high duty cost.

In defence of the multiple agencies, the NCAA explained that for every aerodrome, there are agencies that are required.
The spokesman for the authority, Sam Adurogboye, said that for an international airport, “it is a must to have those multiple agencies because of cargo, personal, drugs, security issues among others that are involved.”

According to him, what is usually done is to hold airport security meeting and the Joint Intelligence Board (JIB), led by the NCAA to address concerns as they are raised.

Source http://t.guardian.ng/news/how-government-agencies-frustrate-food-export-at-nations-airports/

Na dis kind thing dey make me vex! angry This is where we get things wrong as a country. Ghana is reaping benefits that should come to Nigeria, simply because they have managed to put their house & airport in order.

Our govt likes to pay lip service to everything, instead of actually executing steps that will make it conducive to do business in this country. cry

We have made so much noise about making our airports a hub, and diversifying our economy, but when it comes to putting in place the actual things to make it happen, our authorities fold their hands and go to sleep. shocked

In this country, we spend more time on rhetoric, than concrete action; more time playing to the gallery than actual implementation. Chai!! sad

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by HAH: 1:34pm On Nov 02, 2016
This is why am advocating for the establishment of whistleblowing and bait commission,so that those crook will be caught redhanded

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by musa7m(m): 1:34pm On Nov 02, 2016
SamuelAnyawu:


Are you serious? How Bro?

Please more info
no go hire army way no smart....
Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by Nobody: 1:38pm On Nov 02, 2016
This is not a new thing. All our airports are terrible extortion points. Whether human or cargo traffic-you all must drop. These rouges in uniform are merciless, rude and non nonchalant. It is high time this is looked into.

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by gabrielahamz(m): 1:46pm On Nov 02, 2016
Whenever u want to export any agricultural produce, make sure u have d relevant documents like phyto-sanitary and the rest.. When u have your attendant documents, u can't be harrased by any govt agency. We forget in a hurry and we like to cut corners, which is why we get ripped off by these agencies. We also shouldn't forget some of our agricultural products e.g beans were banned for export by the E.U because of the presence of weavil, which is perhaps the reason why d quarantine dept is asking for fumigation.

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by Zdoh(m): 1:46pm On Nov 02, 2016
This has been discourage exportation over years. I sent freight rate to a client yesertday and he refused to respond again which i know it is because of unexpected high rate.This is not the fault of freight forward but those at the boarder. If Government really mean good for their people and want us to bring dollars and stop throwing our Naira away they should start everything from boarder.

Please check my sigy if you are looking to freight(send) your goods abroad without stress.

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by otitokoroleti: 2:27pm On Nov 02, 2016
and zombie go dey shout sey naija no wan export but prefer to import. importation is very simple while our yeye government makes exportation difficult.

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Re: How Government Agencies Frustrate Food Export At Nation’s Airport by kings09(m): 2:27pm On Nov 02, 2016
D focus here is abt d ease of doing export biz n not d number of jobs. Did u read d part whr exporters r extorted yet dis is a country lookin to earn forex. Get d topic bn discussed right
diegwu01:
If all those guys were actually employed and placed all those guys at the ports and airports, during this Buhari's time, then he has done well in the area of employment.

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