Group wants return of pre-shipment inspection in Nigeria
London, August 1, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A Non-Governmental organization under the aegis of the Social Integrity Network, (SIN), on Tuesday called for the return of Pre-shipment Inspection in the country and the cancellation of Destination Inspection to forestall “full of corruption and lack of efficiency and transparency in the exercise.”
SIN however commended the Central Bank Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, for giving adequate support to the Local Manufacturer in order to stabilize their businesses.
The group also urged the CBN to regulate and monitor the commercial banks which may be behind the economic sabotage affecting industrialization through aiding and abetting smuggling and false declaration of imported items.
The Spokesman of the group, Mallam Ibarhim Issa, stated this in Kaduna while speaking to pressmen. He noted that, “It is saddening to note that the Pre-Shipment Inspection that was cancelled during the tenure of the former Comptroller of Customs, Alhaji Dikko Inde Abdullahi, has further paved ways for bandwagon effects.”
According to him, “We want to categorically ask that, was the cancellation approval granted by the President and Commander-In-Chief, by the leadership of the National Assembly, by the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice or by their personal decision?
“It is on record that the manufacturers have been clamouring for the return of PreShipment Inspection but unfortunately, no attention has been given to their request while many companies that have been found to be culpable in this regard are yet to be sanctioned. Destination Inspection imposed is full of corruption due to lack of efficiency and transparency in the exercise.”
“However, our investigation has revealed that smuggled substandard steel products have flooded every nooks and crannies of Nigeria thereby subjecting local manufacturers to serious economic and social investment misfortune. This is the main reason why the huge sums of money voted to combat insecurity is yet to manifest while many Nigerians are dying on daily basis.
“Gentlemen of the press, we think it is worthwhile that a national debate be organized for experts to give their opinions on the Pre-Shipment Inspection cancellation while we urge the leadership of the 9th National Assembly to quickly investigate this action before it collapses Nigeria’s economy.
“The Federal Government should urgently engage the Standard Organization of Nigeria to defend the many allegations against it by the manufacturers and give detail accounts of how substandard roofing sheets are finding their ways into the Nigerian markets despite the
MANCAP and SONCAP fees imposed on importers and exporters.