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ARRIVAL AND ASSUMPTION OF OFFICE DUTY BY THE NEW HEAD OF MISSION, H.E., I. F. AJADI, CHARGE D' AFFAIRES EN-TITRE

The new Head of Mission, H.E., Ajadi, Ibraheem Folorunsho arrived Hellenic Republic on Tuesday 10th October, 2017 as the new principal representative of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Hellenic Republic.

His Excellency, Ajadi, I. F. presented his letter of Credence to Her Excellency, Ambassador Aglaia Balta, on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic His Excellency, Mr. Nikos Kotzias on Tuesday 17th October, 2017 at 11:00 am, in her office.

Mr. Ajadi I. F. has subsequently assumed duties and taken direction of the Mission.

Ease of doing Business: FG Approves Reduction in Import, Export Documents at Ports

As part of effort aimed at facilitating the ease of doing business in Nigeria, the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) has approved the reduction in documentation of import and export of goods in and out of the country from 14 to 8 and 10 to 7 respectively.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Industry, Trade and Investment Dr. Jumoke Oduwole who disclosed this at a sensitization workshop on the Ease of Doing Business Reform organised by the Nigeria Customs Service yesterday in Lagos said the directive is with immediate effect.

She said the new directive is part of the reforms in the 60 -day national action plan for ease of doing business which is expected to end by April.

Dr. Oduwole who is also the secretary to the council said the committee has identified trading across borders as one of the critical area in need of reform in the Nigeria economy.

“In our diversification push it is impossible to really import and export without functioning ports. So we have scoped and started working in October 2016 on entry and exit of goods.

We have been working with Customs, Nigerian Port Authority, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, terminal operators to identify key problems.

“We have released some directives to the Finance Ministry, the CG of customs has also issue some directives on palletization of goods coming to Nigeria and on amount of documentation because we want to save cost and time for SME’s and anybody exporting or importing into Nigeria. So documentation for imports has been reduced from 14 to 8 and export from 10 to 7 and this is with immediate effect.

“Trading across borders, starting business, getting credit, dealing with construction permits, paying taxes, registering properties and getting electricity are key indices of the reforms initiated by PEBEC ” she said.

Oduwole said the reform was basically to move Nigeria 20 steps ahead on the rank of ease of doing business and thus make it an easy place to do business.

She added that PEBEC has implemented the upgrade of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) online portal to ensure document upload capabilities for new businesses to be registered online without having to visit the CAC office.

Also speaking, a Deputy Controller of Customs, Anthony Ayalogu while highlighting some of the NCS reforms on ease of doing business at the ports said cargo release order, letter of credit, manufacturer’s certificate of production, payment receipt of customs fee among others have been removed from documentation.

Ayalogu also reeled out new PEBEC procedures on importation and exportation of goods into and out of Nigeria to include palletising all containerized consignments coming into Nigeria.

He said, “Used spare parts must be packed in cases and the case packed in pallets. The packing list of the containers must be itemised as the goods are arranged in the containers.

“Vehicles imports should have the complete 17 digits VIN inscribed on the bill of laden. All form M goods should have the form M number stated on the Bill of Laden and all diplomatic goods indicated on Bill of Laden.”

Earlier, representative of the Comptroller General of Customs, Assistant Comptroller General (ACG) Tariff and Trade, Gabriel Alu said the programme was organized to improve on the dismal ranking of Nigeria in the ease of doing business.

He said the Service is also working towards embracing full automation of its processes to reduce human contact.

“Part of our business is trade facilitation and that is creating an enabling environment for people to do business easily in the country. If we automate, it is going to be for our own advantage because it will help reduce human contact. These are areas where we have challenges such as corruption but when we automate, it will reduce human contact,” he said.

NIGERIA’S AU CANDIDATE PROMISES PEACE

29/01/2017

The Nigeria’s AU commission candidate has pledged to eradicate conflicts on the continent if she wins. Ms. Fatima Mohammed, who is also ECOWAS candidate for the position of Commissioner for Peace and Security, made the promise on Friday in Addis Ababa.

Mohammed told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the on-going 28th African Union summit in Addis Ababa that the continent needed peace.
She said the commission needed to compliment the efforts of Nigeria which was not only a key player in peace and security in Africa but also part in troubled parts of the world.

According to her Nigeria has made significant contributions to ensure peace in and development in African. She promised to use Nigeria as a vehicle to intervene in the resolution of conflicts and ensure peace.
Mohammed said her emergence as Nigeria’s candidate was through a competitive selection with a number of individuals shortlisted.

She said she had the opportunity to work with ECOWAS and its institutions for over a decade in different capacities including organizational development, regional integration and peace and security.
She said she would build upon the accomplishment of her predecessors because consistency was an important element of success.

Mohammed said she had outlined three priority areas towards achievement of her vision, which include focusing on prevention and transformation.

“We must leverage on intellectual and institutional assets, particularly at the diplomatic and leadership levels to transform conflicts in areas most affected to peace building and conflict prevention.
She promised to put people first in her schedule and promote inter dependency and shared future.
Mohammed said she would build on strategic partnerships by continuing to develop the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA).

source: News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)